Brown Brothers Winery

Brown Brothers has always been my favourite brand of wine. Every type of wine I have had the privilege of drinking I have absolutely enjoyed! It is the only brand that I love white, red and sparkling wine! So when the hubs surprised me with a weekend getaway to the Brown Brothers Winery for our wedding anniversary I was over the friggin moon!

The Brown Brothers Winery is located in Milawa, Victoria (Australia). Its about 2 1/2 hours (give or take depending on the traffic) from West Melbourne which of course is where I live. Milawa is only a small country town but it does have a few gourmet food stores. So enough about the surrounds lets get to the winery! The winery was only a 5 minute walk from my hotel which was PERFECT! We didn’t need to worry about how we were going to get to and from the winery. Walking up the driveway I’ve never been more excited.  I was getting all giddy and just ready to check the place out and of course drink some wine. Come on it been cooped up in a car for 2 1/2 hours seeing  a shit load of road kill on the road.

As we walked closer to the main part of the winery, what stood out to me was the relaxed outdoor setting for winery visitors to enjoy a glass (or bottle) in the great weather. The first thing I saw was an oversized chess board that always seemed to be busy (as if you wouldn’t want to play it) with tables under umbrellas surrounding it. It was a very sunny day but there was a lot of trees in the area so you could sit on the green grass under a tree and relax. Under the trees there was heaps of beanbags with side tables that looked so comfortable I wanted to live there.

Before we planned on having a seat with a glass of wine we decided to check out the Cellar Door to test some wines that we haven’t really tried before. There was a lot of new wine out that I was keen to try. We walked up to the counter and were greeted promptly by a smiling staff member who had handed us a checklist of all ranges of wine, and empty glass each and a bottle of water. We didn’t try every wine on the list we tried to stick to many wines that we knew would appeal to us. A majority of the wines we tried I actually liked and was pretty happy with. There was one wine (I won’t say which one) that I have been so eager to try over the last few months and I got to try it…….thank Fuck I didn’t buy it to try. It went straight into the spit bucket. Did not taste nice at all, for me. It was a little disappointing because i did have such high hopes but hey not everything a hit. After we had tried the wines we wanted to try we headed over to another counter were they had Brown Brothers Wine Jams. Yes you read right! WINE JAM! I tried all of them and they were all a hit I did stock up on jam for Christmas stocking stuffers for friends and family. The ones I got there Moscato and Strawberry Jam and Cienna and Cherry Jam ( that was my favourite…..I better buy some fresh scones). They did have a Marmalade, which I tried but Im not a fan of Marmalade so I didn’t enjoy it.

After testing all of the goodness in the Cellar Door (and slightly embarrassing the hubs)  we headed over sit down and enjoy the sun with a glass of wine. Well we weren’t in the sun properly with me being so damn pale I would have caught alight if I sat in the direct sun. There is a restaurant (Patricks Table) there if you wanted to eat a meal but its a more high end menu and Im not really into that……Im more into the deep fried when on holiday. So we just stuck to the wine bar and sat outside on the bean bags with a bottle of wine and some Macaroni Balls. Im still blown away with how pleasant it was just sitting there with a bottle of wine between us with the beautiful weather and no dramas at all. There was kids running around but they weren’t irritating or misbehaving, actually they were so well behaved. It freaked me out a bit.

We enjoyed a few bottles of wine and the Macaroni balls were freaking delicious!!! Ive actually never had them before so it was fairly life changing. All of the staff were so nice and didn’t seem judgey at all when I would go back to buy another bottle of wine for us. As it reached about 5pm we had to peel ourselves out of the beanbags and head on home to the hotel. I was planning on stealing one of the Brown Brother logo glasses because I wanted to take it home as a souvenir but because everyone was so bloody nice I felt bad with the thought of committing my first crime on such a nice place, so I left the glass. Thinking about it now I didn’t even look if I could buy one…..IDIOT!

This trip was amazing, it was relaxing and the weather really performed for us with perfect warm sunny days. The winery wasn’t over priced at all – seriously it was not expensive at all. I absolutely loved the fact this was a more laid back place with the outdoor settings with the over sized chess board and bean bags. It definitely  was a great place to enjoy a glass of wine with good company. I also liked the fact that this place was a little more family friendly with having a playground for the kids to play on- not that Id ever take my kid here, how could I enjoy the relaxing atmosphere if Im chasing after a terrorising three year old.  Ive left the information below if anyone would like to check them out.

IM OUT!

www.brownbrothers.com.au

MUMS DAY OUT take two!

As a gift for my birthday one of my oldest friends shouted me an afternoon at a winery. Of course my birthday was in January, but planning is a massive pain the the ass so of course we finally managed to find a Saturday that we were both free and able to enjoy a Child-Free and Husband-Free afternoon while pounding some grape. If you didn’t check out MUM DAY OUT post last year, for my friends birthday I took her out for a High Tea in Melbourne CBD. We went to Madame Brussels Cocktail bar and they provided us with their version of a high tea, or what they called it a Garden party. Basically it was us having a nice afternoon enjoying finger food, tea and cocktails on a rooftop balcony. If you want to read about the day, check out MUMS DAY OUT post from October.

Anyway, for a while now we have said we wanted to go to a winery together and have a girls only day whether it just being us two or a group of us. So it worked out nicely that we had a reason to go, a very belated celebration for my 30th Birthday. So my lovely friend had booked us in to Mt Duneed Estate in Geelong (my hometown) that way it wouldn’t be hours of driving to get to the location. Well and hour for me but Im not complaining I booked a HUSBAND TAXI.

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So leading up to our little excursion the weather was perfect around mid 20s all week the sun was always out. Perfect weather to go to a winery. Then it hit Saturday, I woke up to during rain and horrible winds. Awesome! We didn’t let this dampen our spirits, we glammed up and headed towards the winery. The winery was only roughly a 10 minute drive from my friends house but as we were getting closer and closer the rain began to get heavier and heavier. Not going to lie I was sitting in the back seat thinking to myself “oh fuck my hair and makeup will go to shit as soon as I get out of the car and Ill be looking like a drowned rat for the rest of the day”. Fortunately for us the rain had lightened up as we headed to the entrance from the car and were able to make it inside without compromising our hard work of looking like prized pigs for once.

So we had made it inside in one piece (YAY) and were greeted with a very warm room. Heaters on, bar open, all set! We need up being about 40 minutes early for our booking so we hung out on a couch right near the bar enjoying a few glasses of Rosé. The whole place was set up with a Rustic theme , which I absolutely love and the couch was like a massive black marshmallow. I was feeling nice and chill, right in my element. $0 minutes flew by really quickly and we were able to sit down at our table.

When we were seated we were just finishing off our glasses of wine and we decided to order a whole bottle this time so we didn’t have to constantly get up to go the bar. So while we were waiting to order our food we poured ourselves glasses of wine. We don’t have glasses of wine that that are only filled up half way, we fill it up to the brim to the point were you have to slurp the top in order to hold the glass properly and not spill it. A whole bottle of Rosé and only filled up two glasses. Yep were are extremely classy individuals. So we ordered ourselves the Charcuterie Platter (a cold meat platter) with two cheeses for our lunch. We both like finger food when we go out for drinks instead of a heavy meal and you have a lot better opportunity to chat without a massive dribbling mouthful of food.

The platter, oh my gawd sah delish (sorry for my teenieboppa impression, it was delicious) . We both enjoyed every bit of it, apart from one of the cheeses. It was a bit too rich for both of us. While we were both stuffing ourselves with all these delicious meats if was very obvious that both of us could never go on to be vegan, because is just so damn good. If you can’t see in the photo we had some jalapeños swell as the meats and cheese and to everyones horror I was eating them as if they were grapes. That is when my friend who has known me for 18 years found out what a freak I am with spicy food. I have a very high tolerance for spice and I absolutely love it when I get a bit of spice in my meal. It proved that no matter how long you know someone you still can learn something new about them.

After we had our fun (and a fair few glasses of wine), we had planned to do a Wine Tasting. But it was pretty busy and we didn’t ant to be waiting forever to do a tasting. We choose to save that for another day ( oh no another MUMS DAY OUT poor us). We didn’t want to head home so we caught a cab to a local Pub near my friends house. It was a good way to end the day with a few decent sized classes of Moscato having some laughs and planning our next day out.

So despite the shitty weather (at this point in my life Melbourne’s unpredictable weather doesn’t shock me anymore) the day was a great experience to celebrate my birthday with my oldest friend.

IM OUT!