In total, we cultivate 12 hectares of vineyards. The soil is called ponka or flysh, and it is rich with minerals and is therefore ideal for growing grapes. Our winery is the penultimate estate in Italy before the Italian-Slovenian border.
Our family migrated from Vienna. The family has lived in Zegla for approximately 300 years. Brda and Collio were a single region in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but now they belong to two different countries. At first, our family lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After World War I, they lived in Italy due to the annexation of the Slovenian territory to Italy. After WW2, the border between Italy and Yugoslavia was established. From 1991, there was a border between Italy and Slovenia, and from 2007 there is none.
Our family has been producing wine since they first settled in this region. In the past, it was more common to grow fruit and sell it in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After World War II, the production of wine became more important than the production of fruit. Our grandfather began bottling wine in 1957. In the 1970s, it was very common to produce international varieties like Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, and Chardonnay because of the market demands.
In 1980, Edi inherited the winery as a 20-year-old man and decided to go back to the roots and place more significance on tradition. He decided to only cultivate the native varieties, which are Tocai Friulano, Ribolla, and Malvasia, and to produce the historical wine of the region named after the region – the Collio. Of course, Edi could not replace all vines at once. It took a long time – precisely 28 years. From 1996 to 2008, we produced only two white wines: the blend Collio and Tocai Friuliano, and two red wines. In 2008, the dream of Edi became a reality – for the first time ever, he produced only a single white blend named Collio. For ten years, we have been producing Collio, made of the three native varieties.
The Zegla Hill is particularly suited to the production of Tocai Friulano, which is the main component of our blend. For this reason, it characterizes its body and structure while Ribolla Gialla brings acidity, whereas Malvasia Istriana is the aromatic component of the wine. The wine is fermented and matured in classic cement tanks for more than one year. The blend of these grapes creates a full wine, which best expresses the soul of the region.
We are organic certified and we also use biodynamic preparates.