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Normal 2020 harvest despite unusual circumstances

Press release at the end of the harvest

Dobrovo, 30 September 2020

While we started harvesting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for our sparkling wines on 25 August, our regular harvest began on Wednesday, 2 September, and will conclude on Thursday, 1 October. On the other hand, selected vineyards with Rebula, Merlot, and Cabernet are still waiting for our agronomist and oenologist to decided that they reached their optimal technical ripeness and are ready for harvest.

In a normal harvest, Klet Brda brings in around 7,500 tonnes of grapes. This year we received 7,200 tonnes, so the 2020 harvest qualifies as normal in terms of quantity. The harvest is organised in a way that allows us to harvest grapes selectively per individual locations.

“The crops of the white varieties are above average in quality. The red varieties will this year require more attention, as they ripened unevenly and we needed to agree with the winegrowers to wait and harvest them at the appropriate time,” stated the vinery’s main oenologist Darinko Ribolica. On some locations, harvest will be delayed. It all depends on the weather during the next 14 days. “The super selection varieties, which are still to be harvested, are inspected on a daily basis by myself and our agronomist Goran,” added Ribolica.

Prices

This year, the total average price amounts to EUR 0.52. The price for a kilogram of grapes ranges between EUR 0.40 and EUR 1.10, while the prices for the so called “super selections” are even higher.

 Our members have organised their harvests to start at dawn and, in most cases, finish by noon, as the temperatures over 30 °C, which we experienced until 20 September, are not kind to the grapes, let alone the harvesters. Family harvests tend to bring together friends and relatives. Faced with Covid, this year, there were some concerns on how to carry out the harvest, should the conditions worsen, but, fortunately, everything has gone smoothly so far. The takeover of grapes at the vinery was organised according to the recommendations and guidelines of the competent institutions.

 

Sustainable production as the only way forward

In Brda, viticulture is passed down from generation to generation, which is why maintaining a clean and healthy environment is essential for all of us who live here and work so closely with nature. At Klet Brda, we believe that the production of great wines starts with our respect for the land, community, and future generations. We are committed to produce our wines in a way that is responsible to nature and the people producing the grapes and wine, and in a way that allows us to reach a long-term economic success.

Sustainable production is, in some wine-growing countries, codified at a national level. This means that winegrowers can follow written rules to apply for a certificate of sustainable production. Seeing that in Slovenia there is no such unified system, Klet Brda’s Management Board, this year, decided to consolidate the sustainable production rules, already in place for most of our members, by adopting the Rules on sustainable production of grapes and wine at Klet Brda. Chosen as a symbol of our commitment to sustainable production was a bee, as the presence of bees in our vineyards reflects their ecological balance and biodiversity. Bees provide one of the most notable ecosystem functions, which is pollination – a process that makes cultivation of food possible. As of now, the bee symbol can be found on our Quercus wines and it certifies that the grapes and wine were produced according to the principles of sustainability.

Sustainable production is a complex notion, which we divided into the following three categories – sustainable production for nature, sustainable production for people, and sustainable production for long-term success. The first pillar of sustainable production encompasses the technical aspect of the work in the vineyards, which we detail in our Rules. It dictates the right preparation of soil, selection of appropriate varieties for individual locations, regulation of water regime in the ground, protection of vines, and maintenance of biodiversity. By consistently working on this all year round, our cooperative members ensure a healthy living environment for locals and farmers (second pillar) and consequently contribute to the long‑term success of Klet Brda (third pillar), thus strengthening the entire region of Goriška brda.

 

Single Vineyard Motnik – our Decanter gold medal-winning orange wine

This year, we expanded our premium wine offer with Single Vineyard. The grapes for this wine come from the Lisičk vineyard, situated on steep slopes over the Neblo village. Growing on a typical Opoka soil, this terraced vineyard has been cultivated according to the principles of sustainability for decades. Single vineyard Motnik is a one of a kind Rebula, which differs greatly from our other wines. Because of its ten-month long maceration, the wine is classified as an orange wine, however, the production process was carefully executed to give it a distinct gold colour. The wine combines the old tradition of Brda region and the contemporary knowledge and interpretation of one of the most prominent Slovenian oenologists, Darinko Ribolica, and our cellar man, Igor Skubin. At this year’s 17th Decanter World Wine Awards, it received a gold medal with a score of 95 points. Furthermore, all of our 14 wines participating at the competition were awarded a medal, adding to our success. We received silver and bronze medals for 5 of our brands (De Baguer, A Plus, Krasno, Quercus, and Avia) and a medal for Krasno Sauvignon Blanc / Ribolla Gialla, which we sell on the British market, and Schumacher wines. This accomplishment reflects the comprehensive quality of our wines – from sweet and fruity wines intended for every occasion to more mature and complex wines aged in wooden barrels.   

 

 

Published on 1. 10. 2020 categorised in:

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