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Raise a glass to 1889

Brown Brothers: Raise a glass to 1889

Adam Liaw, host of SBS’s hit series Destination Flavour and winner of Masterchef season 2, has partnered with Brown Brothers to celebrate the new-look range of 1889 wines.

Named 1889 after the year John Francis Brown made his first vintage at the Milawa family winery in Victoria’s King Valley, the 1889 range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Dry Rosé, Tempranillo, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Fourth generation family member and Brown Brothers Public Relations and Content Manager, Caroline Brown, said the 1889 range celebrates the Brown family’s winemaking traditions, and is designed to be enjoyed and shared around the family table.

“Meals these days are all about sharing – whether it’s a special occasion or a casual meal at home, there’s often a variety of dishes and flavours on the table,” she said.  “I think we have become too caught up with what wine matches to what food – a wine such as the 1889 Dry Rosé is perfect to drink across a variety of flavours.”

Renowned Australian chef and television host, Adam Liaw, said he was pleased to work together with Brown Brothers to bring the values of family and shared experiences instilled in the 1889 range to life. “Sharing makes a meal an occasion, and enjoying a drink with food is a great part of any shared meal,” he said. “Wines these days need to sit across a number of different dishes – no matter what meal you’re eating the 1889 range has got you covered. It’s the perfect range of wine for sharing with food, friends and family.”

Brown Brothers is also celebrating the launch of their fresh look 1889 packaging, released in September 2017 across all 1889 wines. “The new-look 1889 range perfectly captures the balance of tradition and innovation in the range,” Caroline said. “The 1889 wines celebrate the rich history of our winemakers, while also looking into the future with some more emerging varietals such as Dry Rosé, Pinot Grigio and Tempranillo.”


2017 Brown Brothers 1889 Dry Rosé: The Dry Rosé is a blend of a number of varieties including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. The combination of varieties adds to complexity and depth of the rosé. This second release shows a vibrant rose petal pink colour, with notes of watermelon, ruby grapefruit and citrus in the nose. The perfect summer wine, serve well chilled and drink within one year of vintage (RRP $18.80).

2015 Brown Brothers 1889 Shiraz: The 2015 Shiraz has a bright brick red colour and medium-bodied in style. This wine has fantastic lifted aromas of red and dark berry fruits and the classic pepper notes of Heathcote Shiraz. These aromas follow through to the palate which has which has generous juicy fruit and a fine tannin structure. This supple Shiraz drinks well now but cellaring for 3 to 5 years from vintage will add complexity (RRP $18.80).

2015 Brown Brothers 1889 Cabernet Sauvignon: Rich crimson in colour, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine which displays aromas of red currant, dried herbs and some dusty, earthy undertones. The juicy red berry fruits follow through to the palate, which is supple and savoury with fine, powdery tannins. The depth of colour and intensity of flavour show tremendous concentration and it will cellar for up to seven years from vintage (RRP $18.80).

2016 Brown Brothers 1889 Tempranillo: Tempranillo is an innovative varietal for Brown Brothers that is now released nationally due to its great success at Cellar Door. The wine has been developed in the Brown Brothers “Kindergarten Winery” – a mini winery focused on trialling small batches of new varietals and different wine making techniques. This vintage shows a vibrant purple colour with red berries and spices on the nose. It is medium bodied and soft on the palate, perfect for drinking over the next three years (RRP $18.30).

2016 Brown Brothers 1889 Pinot Grigio: The 2016 Pinot Grigio is a pale straw colour in the glass with a youthful green hue. The nose is bursting with crisp pear and peach aromas, while the palate offers distinct savoury characters and a tight finish with delicate acidity thanks to the cool climate fruit. Unlike the French style which is richer on the palate, Pinot Grigio is crisp, fresh and savoury. Best served chilled and enjoyed within one to three years of vintage (RRP $18.30).

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