Late Willie and Lea (Mum to many of the neighbourhood kids) Brown turned the first sods on an empty paddock in 1987 with the dream of growing Dad’s favourite grape variety – Pinot Noir.
Shawn (aka Brownie)
Willie and Lea’s son. You might well recognise him if you have visited us. He is the grower, wine maker and chief bottle washer, and of course charmer in the tasting room.
2-I-C, chief runner-arounder. Can be seen from time to time in the tasting room, but is quite happy to be in the background and can be spotted often out in the vineyard on the tractor. She prefers to use it to garden.
Shawn’s first born and apple of his eye. She has been at many Toasts. Some of you might recall the roof incident that makes her hard to forget. With her being away at uni, she will be busy studying rather than in the vineyard.
Krysta doesn’t want to miss out on anything and can often be seen mowing the lawns, giving a hand to put out and bring in nets, or in the barrel hall labelling.
Lady Elizabeth aka Izzi
Very much the new kid on the block.
Youthful, crazy and very few clues that she’s drives Merry to her Grandpa’s Chair.
Izzi is 4 years young…. and acts like she is a complete nutter.
Being a rescue dog has a lot to learn, but Izzi is up to the task of meeting those who are keen for a snuggle or cuddle and being assaulted by her forever wagging tail !
She is not very social, you might spot her but don’t blink as she will be gone.
She is very social, she has been known to make herself comfortable on the back table of the tasting room on a tasters jacket in the sun.
Being somewhat of a family affair, it’s all hands to the pumps at harvest, bottling, blending and chocolate matching opinions.
There is a core of hard-working family and friends who pitch in to lend a hand.