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Brown Magpie Wines - The Warble

New Releases Coming In Spring

Loretta Breheny - Friday, August 18, 2017

I thought it was time to touch base with some news from the winery. Spring is on its way here, and we are very busy in the vineyard finishing our pruning. Our winery is busy preparing for a September bottling. The good news is that we will be releasing our Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2017 in October.

We have had a very successful month with our wines:

Five Red Stars ***** have been awarded to our winery by James Halliday.

  • 96 points: For our Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Shiraz 2015
  • 96 points: For our Modewarre Mud Reserve Shiraz 2014

We also have been awarded medals for the following wines:

The Australian Boutique Wine. Show 2017

  • Silver: Loretta Blanc de Noir 2013
  • Silver: Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015.
  • Bronze: Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Shiraz 2015

International Cool Climate Wine Show 2017

  • Silver: Loretta Blanc de Noir 2013
  • Bronze: Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Shiraz 2015
  • Bronze: Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015.

All of these wines are available on our website. We will also be offering some of these wines in our November campaign.

2014 Harvest Time & Facebook Discount

Loretta Breheny - Thursday, April 03, 2014

Hi Everyone

The harvest is going well at Brown Magpie. We have picked the pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. It has been a relatively small harvest but absolutely brilliant. Daniel Greene, our winemaker, has been busy in the winery pressing the ferments and barrelling down the wine. Barney, Betty and Charlie the Cocker Spaniels have been busy chasing the birds out of the nets. They take this job very seriously and look forward to their evening shift.

I have just put a discount offer on our Facebook page. If you want to partake just go into our Brown Magpie Facebook Page and like. Then go into our website to buy our wine. The discount code is on Facebook. There will be another offer shortly for our Blog followers.

Our Cellar Door and Tasting Room will be closing at the end of Easter, so we are only open for another few weekends. Please drop in before then. If you miss us, remember there is always free delivery on any website order. During Easter, we are open on Easter Saturday and Sunday only.

Well look forward to seeing you on our Facebook page.

Kind Regards


Farewell to the Fungi - the Commoner -Friday 28 June

Loretta Breheny - Monday, June 24, 2013

Hi Everyone

Our Pinot Gris will be featured at an event called Farewell to the Fungi with Mushrooms Anonymous   held by The Commoner at the Auction Rooms, North Melbourne  on Friday night 28 June 2013.

It should be a great night 

Matt Donnelly, the mushroom hunter and the kitchen crew will be putting on a great event.

4 courses for a $89 per head


Reservation: 03 9415 6876


It would be great to go along and support this wonderful institution after a fire in the kitchen. They are now getting back on track and what a way to go!




Winter Work and Play

Loretta Breheny - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hi Everyone

Well winter is well underway here. We are expecting 40 mils of rain in the next 24 hours. We have been busy over autumn bringing in our harvest. The vintage was successful. The quality of both the whites and reds are looking extremely promising.  Daniel Greene, our winemaker, is busily preparing for bottling the 2013 whites:  Rose′, Three Brown Magpies, Sauvignon Blanc , Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris; and the 2012 Reserve Reds:  Paraparap Pinot Noir and Modewarre Mud Shiraz. This will be in early September.

Robert Steel is working in the vineyard preparing for pruning. He has been reworking the old and damaged vines and is currently pruning our recently regrafted Shiraz. We have also laid down some lime to improve the pH of our soil and are currently re-sowing the inter rows with some Victorian Rye.

The Cellar Door is currently closed, but don’t forget that you can order online through the website and we will deliver it free of charge in a few days.  No need to go without your winter reds!

On Sunday 14 July 2013, we are going to be going to be at the Extravaganza – Geelong - Eat Drink and Discover Geelong and Great Ocean Road regions at the Cunningham Pier, The Pier. Geelong. Come along and taste our wine and buy a bottle or two as well.

On 21 September 2013, we will be in Anglesea at Surf Coast Century 100km. This is a 100 km ultra-trail run marathon. No need to run, just come and find us and enjoy a drink!

On the Melbourne Cup Weekend 2013, we will be open at the winery as part of the Toast to the Coast – Geelong Wine Region’s winery weekend. We have music and food, wine tasting and wine sales here so drop in and join in the fun.

On 7 – 8 December 2013, we will be near the start and finish line of the Adventure Fest Weekend – Lorne providing tastings and sales. This is a premier 50 km event but includes the famous pier to pub swim course. This is a event not to be missed, so come and enjoy it with Brown Magpie Wines.


We have a great winter planned for you, so please come and join in. Light up the fires, open a nice Pinot Noir and enjoy a lovely winter roast.


Kind Regards


Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Loretta Breheny - Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hi  Everyone

I hope everyone has a very, peaceful and safe Christmas. Quite a few customers have dropped into the cellar door to buy some wine for Christmas presents. We are open from 26 December through January every day from 11.00am to 4.00pm, so if you are down the coast, we would love you to drop in to see us. Remember that we have free delivery around Australia. So hop onto our website and make an order. We will be delivering from 7 January.

We have had some successes at the wine show. Our Pinot Noir 2011 has received a gold at the Geelong Wine Show this year. It has also received a bronze in the Jimmy Watson's Young Wine class at the Royal Melbourne Show. Our Pinot Grigio received a silver at the Geelong Wine Show. Our Late Harvest Pinot Gris has also been medalling well. Have a look on our website under Our Wines and see the full list.

The vineyard is looking amazing. Robert has been busy mowing and tucking up the vinesinto the wires. We have a lovely crop this year. The vintage looks like a good one. You will be delighted when you come to see us over the summer. We are also grafting some shiraz onto some of our pinot noir. We have done this to increase our production of shiraz, which is so popular.

We have two new winemakers helping us: Daniel Green and Sebastien Long. They are both bring some amazing new skills to our winery; so watch out for some really great results.

Well, Merry Christmas and I hope to see or hear from you in the New Year!

Kind Regards





Toast to the Coast; Spring in the Vineyard; Toast to the Coast; New look labels; Blanc de Noir 2010

Loretta Breheny - Monday, September 10, 2012

Hi Everyone

Well! Spring is in the air and our chardonnay is now sprouting. It is always an exciting time in the vineyard when the vines start to show signs of new life. The grass and weeds are also growing I am afraid, which is keeping Robert very busy!

I hope you have put 3 and 4 November (Sat and Sun) the weekend before Cup Day in your diary. The wineries around Geelong will be buzzing. We will have live music, snack food and an extensive tasting here! Also Scotchmans Hill has opened up in the old Petteval site on the Princess Highway and the Moriac store is hosting the Otway Wineries. Bellbrae Estate will also be open! The Surf Coast will have a few things happening this year! For more information, go onto our Wine Geelong official website.

We have prepared new look labels for our September bottling, so our whites, Reserve Whites and our sparkling Blanc de Noi 2010 r are all coming out with a new look. Our Cellar Door is opening on 3 November, with the Toast to the Coast as our official opening, and you will be able to try our new 2012 vintage then!

Well enjoy the Spring. It is time to open a bottle of our Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio and enjoy the warmer weather.


Kind Regards

Loretta Breheny

Brown Magpie Wine Dinner - Graze on Grey Friday 13 August 2012

Loretta Breheny - Monday, August 20, 2012

Hi Everyone

Just a quick post to tell you about the wine dinner coming up! Chris Sargeant,our wonderful, talented winemaker, will be hosting a share - gustation dinner at the trendy new Graze on Grey Bistro on Gray St. St Kilda on Friday 31 August . It will be a seven course share-gustation with matching wines for the sizzling price of $85.00. How does Neil make a profit out of this one. If you want to go, please get in early, as it is an intimate group of 12 - 15 people.

Bookings (03)90770421 or email

Chris and Neil would love to see you there.






Five Star James Halliday Wine Companion 2013

Loretta Breheny - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hi Everyone

I had to share the news with you. We have just been awarded five stars in the James Halliday Wine Companion. Listed under both Best Wineries of the Geelong Region and Ten Dark Horses, James commented on our first class wines and attractive prices. He added that we produce high quality Pinot Noir and Shiraz and compelling Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio.

Don't forget that we are at Federation Square on Wed and Thurs August 1st and 2nd, from 4.00pm to 8.00pm in the Best of the Best Awards night for Victorian Wineries. It is a good chance to drop in and speak to our wonderful winemaker Chris Sargeant, myself and our amazing Marketing Manager, Samantha Breheny (biased maybe)

Anyway have  a glass of Brown Magpie Wine tonight and be assured you are tasting the best.


Kind Regards

Bottling; Winter and athe Scarlet Robyn

Loretta Breheny - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Hi Everyone
It is winter In the vineyard. There are virtually no leaves on the vines. Robert is busily re working the dead and broken vines. He has been mowing and hoeing in order to maintain a weed free vineyard.
Chris is preparing for our September bottling. He is racking the Pinot Gris and Grigio. Most of the Pinot Noir and Shiraz has finished its malolactic or secondary fermentation.
The cellar door is now closed. We will be opening for the Melbourne Cup Weekend for our Geelong Wine Festival: The Toast to the Coast. We will then be open every weekend from 11 am to 4 pm.and everyday in January,
We have some wonderful birds here. The Scarlet Robyn has arrived. We have some Plovers, a Grey Faced Heron, Kookaburras and many different parrots.
If you need any wine, you can order it on the website and we will deliver it free if you are in a central location.

Well keep warm and try some of our lovely Pinot Noir and Shiraz with your slow cooked dishes!
Kind Regards

Veraison, bottling pinot noir, chardonnay and late harvest gris

Loretta Breheny - Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hi Everyone

We have had a busy month here at Brown Magpie Wines while you have been sitting on the beach. Not that we are complaining. We have enjoyed your visits to our cellar door on those days you were looking for a change. The number of customers were up and you all certainly enjoyed our extensive wine tasting.

Chris, our winemaker, is busy racking, blending and filtering the Pinot Noir Premium 2011, the Chardonnay 2011 and the Late Harvest Pinot Gris 2011 for our February bottling. He is very pleased with the year's efforts, so we have some great wine to look forward to.

Robert and Tim have been busy in the vineyard getting ready to put the bird nets on. The ripening seems a little early this year, so we have birds everywhere. We have had to put a scare gun on, but the neighbours do not have to worry, it will only be for a couple of days while we get the nets on. Roger, Nick, Ian and John our netting team will be coming this week, so we hope it will not be too windy for them.

We will be attaching this blog to a newsletter soon, so our members will receive a link on their email. It is ok, we will keep the letter short and sweet.

Well almost February and we are back to opening on weekends only again from the 1st between 12 noon and 3 pm.

Hope to see you soon!


Kind Regards