Štemberger Wines
Šepulje 6
6210 Sežana
Slovenija

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The Štemberger family respectfully nurtures the venerable tradition of the old Turk farmhouse in Šepulje.

Since time immemorial, the people of this large Karst farm have written significant pages in the story of winemaking on the Karst plateau, as also evidenced by the region’s oldest grapevine, growing on its trellis behind the farmhouse. Already more than 300 years old, this vine is present in the thoughts of the Štembergers as they tend their own vineyards in harmony with nature, something demonstrated by the organic certification awarded to their wines.

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The Štemberger family’s vineyards are in two parts of the Karst: at its heart, around their home village of Šepulje, and on its edge, near historic Štanjel, where the Karst plateau overlooks the Vipava Valley.

The vineyards lie at elevations of between 280 and 360 metres above sea level and thus receive both the Mediterranean breezes and those blowing from the foothills of the Alps. The vineyards in Šepulje are on terra rossa, red soil that is rich in iron and limestone, while the soil in Štanjel is a mixture of flysch and terra rossa. The soil composition and climate profile allow the winemaker to produce wines with a distinctive original personality.

The Štembergers work in their vineyards with sensitivity and in harmony with nature. They tend their vines in accordance with sustainable and biodynamic principles. The same principles apply in the cellar. Grapes are harvested exclusively by hand. The wine is given time to mature and interventions are limited to the most essential and are as non-invasive as possible. Even the barrels and vats in the cellar reflect their environment, since they are made from traditional local materials: oak and acacia wood and Karst limestone. The winemaker is a bold guide and friendly companion on the journey from the grapes in the vineyard to the wine in the bottle.

Malvasia

Istrian Malvasia is a grape variety from the remarkably diverse Malvasia family, present throughout the Mediterranean but with its origins in Greece. Thanks to the efforts of winemakers along the northern Adriatic coast, Istrian Malvasia is the best known Malvasia in the world. In the Karst region, Malvasia shares the crown with Vitovska as the queen of white grape varieties.

100% Istrian Malvasiadry

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Malvasia Selection 2011

Istrian Malvasia is a grape variety from the remarkably diverse Malvasia family, present throughout the Mediterranean but with its origins in Greece. Thanks to the efforts of winemakers along the northern Adriatic coast, Istrian Malvasia is the best known Malvasia in the world. In the Karst region, Malvasia shares the crown with Vitovska as the queen of white grape varieties.

100% Istrian Malvasiadry

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Malvasia Selection 2016

Istrian Malvasia is a grape variety from the remarkably diverse Malvasia family, present throughout the Mediterranean but with its origins in Greece. Thanks to the efforts of winemakers along the northern Adriatic coast, Istrian Malvasia is the best known Malvasia in the world. In the Karst region, Malvasia shares the crown with Vitovska as the queen of white grape varieties.

100% Istrian Malvasiadry

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Merlot

Merlot is a French red grape variety from Bordeaux and one of the most widely diffused varieties in the world. In the winegrowing districts of the northern Adriatic it gives excellent results both in varietal wines and in blended wines, in combination with either global varieties or local varieties.

100% Merlotdry

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Oxy

All wine regions have a wine for special occasions. We have combined a number of traditions and taken late harvest grapes on which noble rot has formed and given them a lengthy maceration with abundant aeration and plenty of bâtonnage. The wine is then left to mature on the lees for up to fifteen years.

50% Ribolla50% Istrian Malvasiadryno added sulphur

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Pet-nat

Pétillant Naturel is an increasingly popular style of sparkling wine with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The result is a playful and lively wine with natural sediments. The blend of Vitovska and Istrian Malvasia reflects the growing region.

70% Vitovska30% Istrian Malvasiadryno added sulphur

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Robinia Red

Our red house blend combines five varieties: the cosmopolitans Cabernet Sauvignon (the largest share) and Merlot, local Refosco, Barbera from Piedmont via the Vipava Valley (where it is now at home), and the central European variety Blaufränkisch, historically present in the region but later driven out and now being reintroduced by some winemakers.

40% Cabernet Sauvignon15% Refosco15% Barbera15% Blaufränkisch15% Merlotdryalc. 13% by vol.

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Robinia White

In the manner of traditional blended wines, this white house blend looks both to the Vipava Valley and to the Karst. Consists of two parts Ribolla, two parts Welschriesling (very much at home in the Vipava Valley) and one part Istrian Malvasia.

40% Ribolla40% Welschriesling20% Istrian Malvasiadry

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Terranatura

Refosco grapevines are the trademark of the Karst and account for the great majority of vines in the region’s vineyards. The traditional name for wine from the Refosco grape grown on terra rossa (also known as jerina) is Teran (or Terrano on the Italian side of the border). Teran is famous for its above-average antioxidant content, of which its deep red colour and fresh character are evidence.

100% Refoscodry

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Vitovska

Vitovska is an old white grape variety native to the Karst to which winemakers have been giving new life in the last decade. It grows on less than 70 hectares in Slovenia and Italy. Vitovska in morje/Mare e Vitovska (“Vitovska and the Sea”), an annual festival dedicated to the wines made from this autochthonous grape, takes place in the enchanting setting of Duino Castle at the end of June each year.

100% Vitovskadry

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Zelen

Zelen is an autochthonous grape variety from the valley of the river Vipava. Its noble qualities were extolled by the author and viticulturist Matija Vertovec in the first half of the nineteenth century. Along with Pinela, Zelen is to the Vipava Valley what Vitovska is to the Karst: the pride of winemakers and a reason to uncover new layers of local wine experiences.

100% Zelendry

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The Štembergers work in their vineyards with sensitivity and in harmony with nature.

They tend their vines in accordance with sustainable and biodynamic principles. The same principles apply in the cellar. Grapes are harvested exclusively by hand. The wine is given time to mature and interventions are limited to the most essential and are as non-invasive as possible. Even the barrels and vats in the cellar reflect their environment, since they are made from traditional local materials: oak and acacia wood and Karst limestone. The winemaker is a bold guide and friendly companion on the journey from the grapes in the vineyard to the wine in the bottle.

LOCATION

Štemberger Wines
Šepulje 6
6210 Sežana
Slovenija

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CONTACT

Sebastijan
00386 (0) 40 843 861
Loredana
00386 (0) 41 936 552

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