The "Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard" is located in Milawa in the King Valley in the northeast of the state of Victoria in Australia, The origin lies in the purchase of a property by the Scotsman John Graham, who immigrated through Canada, in 1857. His son John Francis Brown (1867-1943) planted the first vines in 1885 and produced the first wine in 1889. This year is considered the foundation of the winery. His son John Charles Brown (1915-2004) took over the business with 35 hectares of vineyards and, in addition to viticulture, also farmed. A premium wine line is named after his wife Patricia (like her husband 1915-2004). He built it up to today's meaning and is considered the "father of Victorian viticulture". Despite the size, the company is still run as a family business. The brothers John Graham Brown and Ross Brown as CEO are in the third generation in leading positions, and in the fourth generation some sons and daughters. Since 2009 the company has been a member of the Australian family wineries association "Australia's First Families of Wine". The estate also belongs to the property All Saints in the area Rutherglen,
The vineyards cover 750 hectares of vineyards in the states of Victoria and Tasmania with the vineyards and wineries Milawa, Mystic Park, Whitlands, Banksdale, Heathcote, The Hazards and Kayena. Grapes are also supplied by contract winemakers. A large number of grape varieties from France, Italy and Spain are cultivated or processed. These are the white wines Alvarinho. Arneis. Chenin Blanc. Chardonnay. Chasselas. Colombard. Crouchen. flora. Gewurztraminer, Orange Muscat ( Muscat Fleur d'Oranger ) Sauvignon Blanc. Gordo. Marsanne. Pinot gris. Riesling. Roussanne. Sultana. Sylvaner. Trebbiano Toscano. Verdelho. Viognier. Vermentino, White Frontignan ( Muscat Blanc ) and Zibibbo ( Muscat d'Alexandrie ), as well as the red wine varieties Aglianico. Barbera. Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon. Cienna. Dolcetto. Durif. Graciano. Lagrein, Malbec ( Cot ) Marzemino. Merlot. Mondeuse Noire. Nebbiolo. Petit Verdot. Pinot Meunier. Pinot Noir. Ruby Cabernet. Sangiovese. Schioppettino, Shiraz ( Syrah ) Tarrango. Tempranillo and Zinfandel ( Tribidrag ).
The management is carried out according to the environmentally friendly guidelines of the Integrated Pest Management ( Integrated crop protection ) aiming at sustainability, These include pest control with "gentle" chemicals without the use of broadband insecticides, such as greening and ground cover with mulch and rape to supply the soil with natural nutrients, Sometimes an artificial irrigation respectively. The vinification is carried out in addition to Whole bunch pressing and cold fermentation and traditional methods. A peculiarity is that despite the size microvinification is set. This means that in addition to the consumer wines produced in large quantities, high-quality wines in relatively small units using "boutique wineries" (à la Garage wines ) to be produced. A huge range of 60 wines is produced in different wine styles under the brands Brown Brothers (Victoria), Devil's Corner, Pierie and Tamar Ridge (all Tasmania). These are still wines, dessert wines, fortified wines in port style and bottle-fermented sparkling wines. 6 million bottles or 500,000 boxes of wine are produced annually.