Fedora - Slovenia
Fedora wines reflect our terroir, our attitudes towards the environment, the passion for creativity, the respect for the uniqueness of each year. We embrace our differences, because they are precisely what makes us interesting. If all wines were the same, what would be left for adventurers like us?
Fedora wines are a tribute to the tradition and dedication of my forefathers, their persistence in the rocky, wind-battered reality of the Kobal family's unique vineyard positions. I represent the fifth generation of the wine-making tradition which started in 1880.
The Kobal family planted their first vines above the village od Dolanci as early as 1880. An especially important figure was our “pranono”, which is the designation people of Primorska use for their great-grandfathers. He produced 30,000 litres of Vipavec which was primarily exported to Trieste and Ljubljana. Most of the vines planted back then were of the Rebula, Malvasia, Riesling Italico, Zelen, Pinella, Dišečka, Volovnik, Glera and Pikolit varieties. Cultivation of the vineyards was done with the aid of horses, which were kept on our farm until 1983. Up until World War II, the farm also doubled as osmica, which is a kind of tavern that is only open during the harvesting season and sells locally produced wine.
We devote a lot of time and energy to the preservation and restoration of old vineyard locations which during the last 50 years have been left neglected in favour of cheaper and less work-intensive ones. We believe that to produce exceptional wine, exceptional effort is required. There are no shortcuts in winemaking.
Pinella, Zelen, Vitovska Grganja, Ošip, Čedajc, Pokalca, Ribolla, Refosco, Picolit. We are dedicated to the preservation of the old Primorska varieties which have been growing on our soil for centuries. We grow scions and plant them on suitable locations. Zelen, Pinella, and Refosco are already bottled, the rest are coming soon.
The ideal conditions for uncompromising wines are guaranteed by more than one hundred southerly and south-easterly terraces with altitudes between 200 and 350 metres, constant winds, and an exceptional combination of marl, clay and limestone.
Our wine-growing region is protected under the EU programme Natura 2000. This might be seen by some as an obstacle – however in our eyes, it is a comparative advantage. The programme defines nature-friendly farming practices and ensures that the environment will be preserved in sustainable development.
We apply the principles of biodynamics to everything we do in our vineyards. We consider moon phases and their influence on life energy. We fertilise with compost and microorganisms that enrich the soil and bring balance to the environment.