KZ Metlika Wine Cellar

Mild climate and favourable soil conditions in our top viticultural areas have throughout the history of viticulture been instrumental in a successful adjustment of grapevines producing both white and red varieties of grapes. The most prevalent varieties of grapes in white wines are Laški Rizling (also known as Welschriesling) and Kraljevina (also known as Roter Portugieser), while Blaufränkisch and Žametovka dominate when it comes to red wines. A special place in Bela krajina is reserved for Blauer Portugieser as well.

A mighty cellar, in the distinct form of a 108 meters long underground tunnel, welcomes all those fond of the authentic premium wines of Bela krajina. With the yearly production of 750.000 litres of wine, the cooperative wine cellar encompasses the entire viticultural area of Bela krajina wine country.

 Around 600 hectares of vineyards are located on the sun-exposed slopes of Gorjanci that stretch 200 to 350 metres above sea level. The Agricultural Cooperative Metlika owns around 26 hectares of new vineyards, with 110.000 grapevines growing in the best locations around Vinomer and the famous St. Anne’s Church in Vidošiči. To satisfy its demands the cellar acquires grapes from nearly 200 Bela krajina’s winegrowers who are the members of the cooperative. We are certain that assuring quality begins already in the vineyard which is why only the premium quality handpicked grapes are processed in order to assure the highest standard of wine production. The cellar pays a great deal of attention to wine. We monitor the fermentation process and we allow ample time for wine to settle, clarify, and mature.

What used to be an in-house process of selecting grapevines and determining the quality of grafted vines is now done in liaison with a member of the cooperative, who specialises in the process of grafting and cultivating young grafted vines in his grapevine nursery. We also offer grafted vines for sale as a part of this collaboration.

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Viticulture and Winemaking PrusThe Prus family home in Krmačina near Metlika emanates the cheerfulness of pleasant everyday life. The three generations living under the same roof symbolize the family winemaking tradition. Although the vineyard of their late grandfather was not as big as it is today, he was nevertheless a member of the The Drašiči Communal Vineyard Cottage (soseska zidanica Drašiči).
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The House of Wine PečaričPečarič Farm is located on the sunny side of the Gorjanci mountain range, in a village Čurile near Metlika. The farm has been associated with winegrowing for several centuries. Even though the records about the beginnings of grapevine cultivation in the area are scarce, the farm’s standing towards the end of the 19th century suggests that significant progress had already been made. At that time the farm had two hectares of vineyards which was an exceptionally large amount by Bela krajina’s standards of the time.
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Simonič sparkling winesWinemaking has been a family Simonič tradition for several generations. In the late nineties of the 20th century Ivan Simonič decided to concentrate his efforts on the production of sparkling wines, which made him the first independent producer of sparkling wines in Bela krajina. The year 2000 marked the advent of the Semiška penina – demi-sec. In 2001 this sparkling wine received a gold medal at the Gornja Radgona Fair and with the mark of 18.53 came in second among sparkling wines. This achievement spurred on further development and the production of bottles and the selection of sparkling wines grew with each year. The selection now includes Semiška penina – sec, Semiška penina – Blaufränkisch, Semiška penina – gold with added 23 karat gold leaves, Semiška jantarna penina, and Semiška penina – Barrique, which has to mature in barrique barrels for a year before bottling. Semiška penina POSEIDON matures in the depths of the Adriatic Sea, 30 meters deep, at a constant temperature of 12-13°C.
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Wine Cellar ŠukljeBela krajina is known for its superb culinary offer and the tourist farm Šuklje is no exception, serving premium quality wines and dishes of the same quality.
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Soseska Zidanica Wine BankDuring 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.
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Brewery VizirBrewery Vizir is a pioneer in the field of craft brewing in Slovenia. We started brewing beer in 2008 after deciding to branch out from viticulture in order to offer something new to our customers. Being a driven young team brimming with innovative ideas and knowledge we devised an entirely original strategy. With the help of our family business Mithraeum, which produces brewing equipment, we set up our own brewery and started venturing into the world of brewing. Both owners, Maja and Denis, have bachelor’s degrees in food technology, which made them equipped to tackle any arising initial glitches and achieve their goals faster and more successfully.
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Boutique Wine Cellar ŠturmThe Šturm wines reign in the immediate vicinity of Vidošiči, on the slopes below the St Ana’s church, from where an amazing view on vineyards, hillsides and surrounding churches can be seen.
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KZ Metlika Wine CellarThe wine reflects the particularities of local soil, climate, location, variety, vintage, and work invested by our winegrower and cellarman. The wines, though never identical, are always authentic and unique. The combination of tradition in the cellar and modern technology in the cultivation process ensures that champion titles will continue to grace our walls and awards will fill our showcases. These are a testament to the rich history and the progressive approaches to the production of wine in Bela krajina – and all this is embodied in the Wine Cellar Metlika.
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DOLC VINEYARDSWhat makes it special is certainly the hospitality because, to this day, its door has never been closed and no traveller has ever had to leave the Dolc place thirsty.
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