In the Goriška Brda Wine Cellar, we start harvesting early varieties on Wednesday, 26th August 2015. Otherwise, the harvest starts in the first week in September and lasts till the beginning of October.
The Goriška Brda Wine Cellar director Silvan Peršolja states that “after having two bad vintages in terms of quantity, this year we do expect a relatively good one, which is about 7,000 tons of grapes. As we adapted our way of work in vineyards, we have preserved grape quality despite extremely high temperatures. Grapes are healthy, which is why we are looking forward to a very good vintage in terms of quality as well.”
These days, our oenologists, agronomist and winegrowers are thoroughly checking grape maturity in every single vineyard and on the basis of technological as well as organoleptic ripeness, they decide the right harvest time. The first varieties to be picked are those for making sparkling wine: pinot noir and chardonnay, followed by pinot grey and sauvignon, and other white varieties. Red varieties are not going to be picked before the second half of September as by then, they will not be perfectly ripe,” says the Goriška Brda Wine Cellar oenologist Darinko Ribolica.
Grape Harvest – a unique event for our business partners
In the Goriška Brda Wine Cellar, grape harvest is an important event for our promotion on foreign markets. The marketing manager Andrej Valentinčič states that “it has been for many years that we have been inviting our foreign business partners to our grape harvest so that they can get to know the warm hospitality of our winegrowers’ families in Brda as well as our way of work and method of approach. This year, our invitation has been accepted also by business partners from the USA, Serbia and Bosnia. The understanding of a wine-growing area through a personal experience is an important marketing tool, especially on foreign markets, which is where, Slovenia has been pushing its marketing way through very successfully in recent years. What is greatly impressed on foreign businessmen’ memory is the fact that all bunces of grapes are picked exclusively manually.”
Experts across the world call the method of approach where grapevines are grown in steep slopes and terraces, higher areas, deserted or remote places, where grapes are picked manually, with the expression “heroic viticulture.” “In such areas, grape production is more difficult and consequently more expensive,” says the oenologist Darinko Ribolica and adds that experts of the Goriška Brda Wine Cellar strive to understand every single area with its climatic characteristics and soil, and that they do try to find the best area for every single variety so as to get nothing but the best of it. “It is only in such a way that we can produce not only fresh, mineral and fruity but also full-bodied wines at the same time,” he underlines.
When Economic Logic Alone Is Not Enough
The viticulture in Brda is not all about economic interest. “Our vineyards grow in steep areas where other crops and plants would hardly grow long-term, but autochthonous and traditional varieties became familiar with such harsh conditions and are now well-adapted for growing in this very environment. Take a look at our viticultural steepness or terraces and you will soon realise that we are striving to preserve a centenary tradition, but at the same time we are trying to produce and offer wines according to a contemporary and modern taste people like nowadays. It is not a secret that heroic viticulture is our mission that originates from the love of our land, and that it has nothing to do with market economic logic alone, but it is based on sustainable development of rural areas instead. We are trying to support eco farming and preserve our cultural heritage as well as jobs in the countryside.”
Also this year, the Goriška Brda Wine Cellar took part in a special contest where mountain wines were being assessed. At the competition that took place in Italy and which is called “Vini di montagna” (“Mountain Wines”), the2011 Sauvignon Bagueri won a silver medal. This competition is so special because only wines that are produced according to the “heroic viticulture” method can take part in.
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Published on 25. 8. 2015 categorised in: Events, News