The business was founded in 1889 by John Francis Brown who, at the age of 18, established a vineyard at Milawa in north-east Victoria where the Brown Brothers Winery is today. It was under the guidance of his son, John Charles Brown, that Brown Brothers established its reputation as a producer willing to experiment with innovative grape varieties. This experimentation and sense of adventure carries across the whole business and can be seen at our cellar doors from Milawa to Tasmania.
As a key member of Australia’s First Families of Wine, the third and fourth generations of the family keep tradition alive with over 60 different wines available for tasting. The Brown family is proud to have forged a reputation, locally and abroad, as varietal wine specialists and winemaking innovators. Over the years we’ve seen many changes in the Australian Wine industry, yet the cornerstones of Brown Brothers remain constant. We’re still a family business; still hand-crafting wines.
Brett is responsible for all Company-owned vineyards, and the Team that manage them, ensuring that the quality and quantity of the grapes produced meet the requirements of the company and, most importantly, our customers. The vineyards that Brett is responsible for are located in a hugely diverse range of locations and climates across Victoria and also Tasmania.
After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at La Trobe University in 1996, Brett commenced his career working in irrigated horticulture in the Sunraysia district of Victoria. This involved working in the technical management of large-scale winegrape plantings as well as citrus, almond and avocado orchards. In 2002 Brett moved to Rutherglen in North-east Victoria to manage a group of winegrape vineyards, and this is where he first came into contact with Brown Brothers as a grape supplier. He then leapt at the opportunity to join the company as Chief Viticulturist in 2007.
Sean manages the working relationships with Brown Brothers’ grape suppliers, undertaking regular grower visits and providing ongoing technical advice to to ensure their fruit meets the company’s needs. In the Brown Brothers vineyards Sean provides technical viticultural support and in particular he is responsible for managing the Milawa Vineyard. While completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Viticulture at Charles Sturt University, Sean gained viticultural experience working throughout the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. On graduating in 2004, Sean worked as a Viticulturist and then Grower Liaison Officer in the Sunraysia and Swan Hill regions of Victoria. He also completed a northern vintage in the South of France to broaden his knowledge of the wine industry on an international scale. Sean joined Brown Brothers in 2010.