Executive Director of Brown Brothers is presented with a Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award

Thursday, 25 October, 2012
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Ross Brown, Executive Director of Brown Brothers is presented with a Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award in Melbourne.
Ross Brown, current Executive Director of Brown Brothers, who led the company as Chief Executive Officer for a decade until last year, was presented with the latest Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award, at the Wine Industry Outlook Conference in Melbourne, Australia, today.
 
Mr. Brown was one of 30 nominees chosen by a panel of 10 global judges for making an outstanding contribution to the wine industry in the last decade. The nominees also include other leading Australia-based wine industry figures, including Anthony Madigan, editor of the Wine Business Monthly, John Casella, MD and winemaker of Casella Wines; as well as 10 for 10 award winner Chester Osborn, chief winemaker and owner of d'Arenberg.
The award was presented by Wine Intelligence’s Chief Executive Lulie Halstead, and one of the 10 for 10 Business Award Judges, Stephen Strachen, Director of Gaetjens Langley (formerly Chief Executive of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia).

One of the 10 for 10 Business Award Judges said of Ross Brown: “Ross was there at the very start of the Australian wine industry’s push into the UK, and his business has been showing the same initiative in China with considerable success. Brown Brothers have epitomised the ‘vine to palate’ approach to making and selling wine and are recognised as leaders in their cellar-door and mail-order businesses. Their Millawa cellar door is a benchmark operation for the industry”.

In a brief and heartfelt acceptance speech, Ross Brown expressed “it’s a tremendous honour. You don’t work in this industry for accolades but I’m incredibly grateful to receive this award.” He also paid tribute to the next generation including acknowledging that “the business was in good hands,” with reference to the role of his eldest daughter Katherine, PR manager of Brown Brothers, who was also chosen to participate in this year's intake of the Australian Wine Industry's successful development program Future Leaders.
 
This year’s other Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award winners include Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa; Wine Journalist, Tim Atkin, MW; Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria Estate; Etienne Hugel of Hugel & Fils; Li Demei of the Beijing Agricultural College; Eduardo Guilisasti of Concha y Toro and Eric LeVine founder of Cellartracker.   
The Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Awards were created to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of Wine Intelligence, which is now a global organisation working in 20 countries. The awards are designed to celebrate individuals in the wine business around the world, who have made a significant contribution to the success of the global wine industry over the past decade. The award itself is an original piece of art conceived by Polish artist Anna Kus Park, who has created 10 distinctive paintings, one for each award winner.


Ross Brown pictured with Lulie Halstead and Stepher Strachan
Ross Brown pictured with Lulie Halstead and Stepher Strachan

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