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Best Bits of Brown Brothers Vineyard

Mission 2 was a trip to Brown Brothers, with a history dating back to 1889, they are one of Australia’s most recognised and respected wine businesses.

At just 18 years of age, John Francis Brown planted his first grapevines at Milawa, at the base of the Victorian Alps. A simple beginning that would soon grow to become the flourishing family enterprise that it is today.

Over the years the family has gradually increased the number of vineyards to take advantage of different soils and climate. Located throughout Victoria and in Tasmania, they are as varied in their climatic conditions as the grape varieties grown at these properties. From their cool-climate Whitlands vineyard in the upper reaches of the King Valley to the sun-drenched Mystic Park vineyard in the Murray Valley region, these vineyards have been selected on the basis of suitable conditions for their desired wine styles.

The Kindergarten Winery, a small scale winery built in 1989 and designed to nurture experimental wine batches with great potential, has played a key role in forging the Brown family's reputation, locally and abroad, as varietal wine specialists and winemaking innovators.

Key information:

  • Winery Office: Milawa, Victoria
  • Vineyard Region: King Valley, Heathcote and Tasmania
  • Chief Winemakers: Wendy Cameron, Joel Tilbrook
  • Landmark Wines: Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon, Patricia Shiraz, Patricia Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, Patricia Chardonnay, Patricia Noble Riesling.
  • Regional Heroes: Tempranillo, Graciano, Durif, Pinot Noir, Limited Release Pinot Grigio, Limited Release Banksdale Chardonnay, Non Vintage Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier, Limited Release Shiraz, Prosecco, Shiraz Mondeuse & Cabernet  


Third generation Ross Brown is the former CEO and Executive Director, John G. Brown former CEO and current Deputy Chairman, brothers Peter Brown and Roger Brown were also involved in the winery.

Fourth generation

Katherine Brown is a Brown Brothers Brand Manager, Caroline Brown is Brown Brothers PR Manager and Eliza, Angela, Nicholas and Emma are Brand Ambassadors and actively involved in the industry.