Mlečnik - Slovenia
Mlečnik family is involved in viticulture and winemaking for more than 200 years. Valter Mlečnik carries on this tradition since 1982, in 1986 he took over the work in the farm. Wine from our wine cellar is a result of his work and his beliefs regarding nature. This means respect towards all natural process, from planting vines to the bottling of wine, preserving all the time the natural harmony of the substances in wine.
Cultivation of grape is done only with use of natural means of protection. In vineyards there is a high density of vines per hectar, the method of cultivation allows only minimal quantity of grapes per vine, all the surfaces are covered with grass and other vegetation, everything is based on manual labor. Harvest takes place when the maturation of the grapes is optimal, this is followed by a shorter maceration of the whites and a longer maceration of the red varieties, all without the control of the temperature. After two years of maturation in big wooden barrels the wines are bottled without any other intervention. Time is the only tool which gives to the wine the opportunity to mature and evolve on its own.
Mlečnik family, driven by the ideas and energy of Angel Mlečnik (1899–1989), sold their old farm near the village Dornberk because it became too small for their ambitious plans. They bought a new farm in Bukovica from the count Coronini – where the family still resides. This house with a fountain has been built in 1658. All that we know today about our family tradition in making wine is that it goes back to at least 1820. In the years 1941 to 1943 we have already been bottling a part of our production for the needs of the family's inn, unfortunately all the written evidence was destroyed during the second world war.