A community vineyard cottage connects villagers in a special village community. Such organizations date from the 17th century. In the region of Bela Krajina, community vineyard cottages were flourishing between 1880 and 1890, until the phylloxera epidemic. After that, they started to rapidly disappear. However, some community vineyard cottages remained active even after the World War II, and disappeared thereafter, except those in the villages of Drašiči and Božakovo, which are still active today. (Andrej Dular: Pij, kume moj dragi [“Drink, My Dear Godfather”]).
The members of the community vineyard cottage Drašiči are winemakers from Krmačina, two from Železniki and one from Pleščev Vrh. The home of the community cottage is on the ground floor of a former school, on the opposite side of the St. Peter’s Church from 1773. The cottage lies in the lowermost point between the two parts of the village of Drašiči–between the upper part of the village called Gorenci, which is a typical linear village, and the lower part called Dolenci, which is a typical nucleated village. A little bit lower lays the village Blaževa Vas, which is a dispersed settlement. From this perspective, the village of Drašiči is unique, as it consists of three different types of settlement patterns.
During the visit, you will get to know the history and the way of working of the community vineyard cottage Drašiči, the one-of-a-kind wine bank, registered as intangible cultural heritage of Slovenia.