Browns' of Padthaway:
Mention South Australian wines and people immediately think of the famous Coonawarra and Barossa Valley regions, however, another South Australian region is growing in prominence. Located south east of Adelaide and north of the Coonawarra, Padthaway is already inhabited by the big names in Australian wine, but the region is also an attractive prospect for private producers eager to develop uni... Read more
Mention South Australian wines and people immediately think of the famous Coonawarra and Barossa Valley regions, however, another South Australian region is growing in prominence. Located south east of Adelaide and north of the Coonawarra, Padthaway is already inhabited by the big names in Australian wine, but the region is also an attractive prospect for private producers eager to develop unique regional wines. One producer in an excellent position to do just this is Browns of Padthaway. With an established vineyard, the family company has been known among wine circles as a producer of premium grapes supplying larger wine companies. In 1995 the Brown family released its own wine label. The Brown family has been established in the Padthaway region for over 40 years and along with other agricultural ventures planted their first grape vines 32 years ago. Nestled in amongst well known wine companies the likes of Fosters, Orlando Wyndham and BRL Hardys, Browns of Padthaway is a rare privately owned Padthaway label. The region has a cool climate and is characterised by its terra rossa soil and an abundance of very soft artesian water. The word “Padthaway” is an Aboriginal word for “Good Water”. Donald Brown, a fourth generation Yorke Peninsula farmer and his wife Glenda saw the potential of the area and moved to Padthaway in 1959. The Browns originally purchased 290 hectares of land, which had a small proven irrigation capability, and the land holding of the family is now 3000 hectares. According to Donald Brown they didn’t plant vines initially and were involved in small seed production, cereals and sheep. It didn’t take long, however, to realise that the soil and climate along with the irrigation presented ideal conditions for grape production. They were one of the original producers to establish a vineyard in the area. The vineyards now occupy 320 hectares and produces Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho and Malbec. The family’s wine exploits have involved supplying premium fruit to larger Australian wine companies as well as grape harvest contracting and grape transportation. The whole family agrees that producing their own wine label has been a dream for some time and they are very proud of what has been achieved with Browns of Padthaway wines. Browns of Padthaway is very much a family organisation, with Donald and Glenda, their daughter Sue and her husband Michael Schreier, son Andrew and his wife Lisa and son David and his wife Caroline, all playing active roles in the business. This includes viticulture, vineyard management, sales, marketing and all facets of company management. Realising the importance of value adding, the fifth generation are determined to carry on the family tradition and utilise the established vineyards, develop the profile of the wines and ensure the success of this label. The Browns have set high goals and realise that a dedicated and hard working team is essential to monitor the activities of the operation. Read less
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