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Vipava 1894 d.o.o.

In the picturesque Vipava Valley, nestled on the steep mountain slopes of the Nanos Mountains, lies the traditional winery, founded 1894.

Then, as now, the highest quality and the unmistakable origin of their wines are paramount. The special soils of slate and lime marl, the warm Mediterranean climate and the Burja/Bora, the ubiquitous wind, produce characterful wines were you taste where they come from.

Since the summer of 2017, Styrian winemaker Hannes Sabathi and his Austrian-Slovenian team have been leading the vinophilic fortunes of Slovenia's oldest winery. This marks the beginning of a new era. The focus is on producing the best wines that the area may deliver: authentically and with precise characteristics of the origin.

Around 350 winegrowers are the most important partners of Hannes Sabathi in this major project. For generations, they have proudly cultivated the unique cultural landscape of the valley and support the visions of the Styrian wine maker with their wealth of experience.

Terroir
Vipava (Vipavska Dolina) is a wine region of Slovenia's western Primorski region, and small town of the same name. In the last couple of decades it has become one of the country's most successful viticultural areas and the second wine region in Slovenia.

Location: The inland Vipava Valley runs behind the Kras plateau, just north from the Italian city of Trieste. Above it is the Trnovska plateau, which runs northwest to southeast and continues beyond Vipava's neighbor, Goriska Brda, and almost to the Italian border.

Climate: Vipava’s climate is very special. A combination of warm Mediterranean climate and cold air from the north: with altitudes between roughly 50 and 300 meters (150 - 1000 feet), the valley's vineyard sites vary significantly in terms of their mesoclimatic features, creating a diversity of terroir. The sub-Mediterranean climate varies along with these geographical differences, from continental in the hillier north to mediterranean in the south, closer to the coast. The Bora wind, a local phenomenon shapes the distinctive wine characteristics: descending from the Nanos mountains – very often with incredible power - bora is blowing nearly constantly through Vipava Valley, forming landscape and wine.

Soil: The altitude of Vipava ranges from 45 to 300 meters. It’s terrain used to be a bay which has dried up. The remaining sea sediments of flesh layered with sandstone make for some of the best wine-growing soils possible. Though the valley itself is one of the windiest parts of Slovenia, the strong Bora doesn’t cause any harm to the vines. If anything it makes them that much stronger.
Vipava, though producing international varieties, is home to the largest number of surviving native varieties in Slovenia.

Story of the region
Vipava is widely considered the oldest wine growing region in Slovenia dating back to Celts and Roman times, sometime between the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Historical records from the Middle Ages already speak of the quality and popularity of Vipava Valley’s wine, praised in Vienna and all across the Habsburg Empire.

producer story / vineyards and production method
In the picturesque Vipava Valley, nestled on the steep mountain slopes of the Nanos Mountains, lies the traditional winery, founded by local growers in order to join forces in 1894. The cellar name Vipava.1894 has more than a hundred year long tradition in growing and marketing wines and it has successfully continued to pursue the aim of Vipava's winegrowers, with the intention of expanding quality, Vipava's wine into a broader market.
Since the summer of 2017, Styrian winemaker Hannes Sabathi and his Austrian-Slovenian team have been leading the production This marks the beginning of a new era. The focus is on producing the best wines that the area may deliver: authentically and with precise characteristics of the origin. Around 350 winegrowers are the most important partners of Hannes Sabathi in this major project. For generations, they have proudly cultivated the unique cultural landscape of the valley and support the visions of the Styrian wine maker with their wealth of experience. The bilingual labels for the Lanthieri line, the winery's new top wines, express this close collaboration and mutual appreciation also visually.