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History

The Brand family legacy dates back to 1852, stretching over six generations. Today, Brand & Sons is owned and managed by fourth generation vigneron Sam Brand, producing boutique wine using high quality products from select vineyard sites across South Australia.

The Brand family story starts with the arrival of Eric Brand in Coonawarra in 1950. He married Nancy Redman and purchased a 24ha block from the Redman family, relinquishing his job as a baker and becoming a grapegrower. It was not until ’66 that the first Brand’s Laira wine was made. The family sold 50% of the Brand’s Laira winery in ’94 to McWilliam’s, Jim Brand staying on as chief winemaker until he died in 2005. Sam Brand is the fourth generation of this family, which has played a major role in Coonawarra for over 50 years. Exports to the US, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and China.

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Vineyards

The key to the quality of Coonawarra wine lies in the famous red Terra Rossa soil which sits over a ridge of ancient limestone covering an area of approximately 27km long and 2km wide.

The combination of Terra Rossa soils, limestone, a pure underground aquifer and a long cool ripening season make Coonawarra a perfect location for premium wine production.

The name Coonawarra comes from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘honeysuckle’.

Coonawarra is situated in South East South Australia in an area known as the Limestone Coast. Situated only 60km from the coast, Coonawarra is close to the South Australian and Victorian borders with Adelaide (375km) & Melbourne (650km) the closest major cities.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  6 wines  from  Brand&Sons . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Brand & Sons ‘Last Sunday Drive’ Cabernet Franc 2019 – We are back in ‘every wine gets a name’ territory. At least this time the wines have a story. The Brand family is one of the most famous and respected in Australian wine. Brand and Sons is the latest incarnation (this is Brand and Sons winemakers, not the plumbers or funeral directors – apparently a popular business name). The family’s involvement in Australian wine dates back into the 1850s. Current custodian, Sam Brand, is fourth generation. I remember meeting Eric Brand several times, an absolute gentleman (I specifically remember one day in a park near a local restaurant in Coonawarra, a bunch of somms, after some lengthy tasting sessions, were happily informing the world of their extensive wine knowledge. Sitting on a nearby bench was an older gent with a smile – Eric Brand. I remember thinking that he’d forgotten more about wine than all those somms, who clearly had no idea that they were in the presence of winemaking greatness, were likely to learn in a lifetime). Eric married into the Redman family (Coonawarra is a bit like Tasmania). I knew Eric’s son, Jim, quite well years ago. An exceptional talent himself and sadly no longer with us, taken far too young. Sam is Jim’s son and winemaking talent has not fallen far from the tree. But I digress. 


This is a fine example of Cabernet Franc. Offers a gentle leafy note, in keeping with varietal expectations. Blackfruits and blueberries. Plenty of grippy tannins and juicy acidity. The wine has good length. This is still very young. Expect good things over the next four to eight years. A fine example of Cab Franc, for those interested. 92.

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