Our home is in Ceglo, right on the Slovene-Italian border, with vineyards partly at the one and partly at the other side of the border. We coltivate14 hectares of vineyards, 4 in Italy and 10 in Slovenia. Natural conditions such as soil, geographical location and weather provide a unique terroir for vine growth and maturation of many grape varieties. This was known already to the Romans, as wine-making history in our country goes back to antiquity, when the nearby Aquileia was an important trade centre.
The local name for the local soil is opoka and consists of thin and cyclically repeated sedimentary layers of limestone, mudstone and sandstone. For geologists, this is Eocene flysch: arose at a time when our land was under water, i.e. some 50 to 30 million years ago. It looks compact, but due to decomposition and erosion creates ideal conditions for vine growth. Opoka is not rich in organic components, but abounds in minerals. Vines are not stimulate in an abundant growth, but are encouraged to seek for food as deep as their roots can reach. The minerals of the land are transferred to the grapes and become one of the distinctions of our wines.
Our cellar, which is the heart of the entire estate, is located at latitude 45°58'35'', i.e. in the zone of the world's best conditions for vine growth: a little more north of Bordeaux and a little more south than Burgundy. We are positioned between the Western Julian Alps and the most northern gulf of the Adriatic Sea: more than 2.000 meter high peaks at the north and the sandy beaches at the south are only a few tens of kilometres away. Mediterranean gives body to the wine, while mountain breeze preserves their freshness. This is the strength of our wines wines with a delicate bouquet.
We can not invent the weather, but if the winegrower had that chance, it would probably select the kind of weather we have in Brda. Mild winters rarely whiten our vineyards: when it snows everyone is happy as a child, enjoying the unique misty charm of the hillocks. Spring rain awakens the nature: all sprouts and blossoms, the most beautifully our cherries. Summers are sunny but not extremely hot, with isolated showers to avoid drought. Autumns are usually pretty and the harvest can go go on for weeks without the pressure of bed time coming. Then the nature gets covered with a blanket of vivid colours and prepared to rest, waiting for a new birth ...
Our task is to learn how to use all these natural advantages to achieve an above-average quality. We must choose the right location for each variety and select an appropriate vine training system. Our vineyards are at an altitude between 80 and 200 meters above sea level with terraces on south hillsides. The vineyards get their sunbathing from early morning until late afternoon. Vines are planted 0.8m apart with inter-row spacing of 2.30m: the average density is between 4,500 and 6,000 vines per hectare. We have chosen a single guyot training system, we use only natural organic fertilizers, we allow grass to grow in the vineyards, the harvest is manual, in small boxes. The average yield per hectare is less than 70 q, from what we get approximately 50 hectolitres of wine. In other words, each vine gives birth to less than one litre of wine. The oldest vineyards were planted in the sixties and we strive to keep them in good condition as long as possible.