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.