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A Timely Tribute For Brown Brothers

17 August 2004

Brown Brothers Wins Most Successful Exhibitor Trophy
At Royal Melbourne Wine Show

A Timely Tribute For Brown Brothers

In a timely tribute to the winemaking and pioneering contribution of the late John Charles Brown, Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard is celebrating winning the Francois De Castella Trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor of Victorian Wine at the 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show. This is the third time the winery has picked up this prestigious award in the last six years.

Brown Brothers Chief Executive Ross Brown said at the awards ceremony last week that he was delighted to accept the prestigious trophy on behalf of the Brown Brothers winemaking and viticultural teams.

Ross Brown dedicated the trophy to his mother Patricia and to his father, John Charles Brown, who passed away in May this year at the age of 89. The second generation of a remarkable dynasty which now spans five generations, John Charles Brown pioneered new wine varieties, devised new methods of winemaking and fostered regional tourism.

The trophy win was underpinned by the company’s haul of four gold medals. Two different parcels of the 2003 Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon (which will be available in 2006 as a whole) won gold in the show along with the Brown Brothers 2003 Heathcote Durif and Brown Brothers 2002 Patricia Shiraz.

The Patricia range, named after Brown Brothers beloved matriarch Patricia Brown, is only produced in relatively small quantities. About 2,000 cases are produced annually of each variety, of which 1,000 are sold domestically and 1,000 exported.

With the 2000 release of Patricia, a flagship range of wines, Brown Brothers marked a significant new chapter in its more than 110 year history. As expected the Patricia range has become identified with wines of significant pedigree and reputation. These wines have to attain a certain quality, gold medal and/or trophy to qualify for the Patricia nomenclature, Brown Brothers Chief Executive Officer Ross Brown explained.


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