October 2015 1
Hello wine lovers!
Well it is time to bring some really exciting news from the US. 2 of our wineries have been selected as top 100 wineries of the year according to the Wine & Spirits magazine! As it reads they have tasted more than 14.600 wines at Wine & Spirits offices in NY and SF and these wineries came on top in delivering quality and consistency across a range of wines. This year the honor is on Kabaj and Movia, both from Slovenia’s Goriška Brda wine district. The announcement can be found here.
A French touch at Kabaj estate in Šlovrenc
Kabaj winery is not new to the list, in fact they were on it already in 2013. Kabaj Jean M., the mastermind behind the winery is native to Paris. His life took him first to Italy. Having met there his future wife Katja he moved soon to Goriška Brda and is living there since 1989. They have 2 daughters and the older is already helping him promoting their wines, but has also an important role in the wine cellar – but let’s leave this for another post.
At Kabaj they are focused on producing full bodied, oak matured wines. A typical varietal selection from this districed focused on white wines from Rebula, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignonasse (or as they call it Ravan), Pinot Gris, Sauvignon and since recent Corpus – a blend of Rebula and Sauvignon both in equal parts. And to the reds including Merlot and Cuvée Morel – a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. They are also producing an amfora wine, according to the Georgian tradition. A white blend of Rebula, Malvasia and Sauvignon Vert (Sauvignonasse).
Their yearly production is around 60.000 – 70.000 bottles and their focus markets are USA, Japan, recently China and are also well noted in Italy. In USA they are distributed by Blue Danube wine.
Movia, a wine institudion in Medana
It’s been more than 200 years since Kristančič, the family behind Movia have been making wine in Medana. After WWII their estate remained in private hands. It is due to their constant delivery of quality that they became the exclusive suppliers of wine for protocol occasions of the then Yugoslavian government in 1958.
Aleš, the mastermind of Movia has been one of the first winemakers to organize from the remnants of cooperatives and launched the winery that soon became a true institution in Goriška Brda. Having probably the biggest estate in Medana, with vineyards extending over 22 hectares, it’s own line of wine glasses, it’s been also nominated as a wine innovator and a guy which charisma is probably unprecedented in the wine world. No wonder he’s was lecturing about wine marketing at our Sommelier course.
Producing a whole range of wines, from varietal to blends, not to forget the sparkling Puro and Lunar wines. Among the withes you can find Rebula, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris and Veliko belo – a blend of Rebula, Sauvignon and Pinot Gris. While among reds Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Veliko rdeče – a blend of the three mentioned beforehand. And you will find also special lines of wines like Vandima Turno and Vila Marija, as well as a dessert wine Essenca.
Movia wines are currently being sold in a large number of markets around the world.
An event not to miss
If in San Francisco 20th of October than save the date and book your ticket. The 12th annual top 100 tasting is happening at the Metreon. You’ll be able to taste wines from all of the 100 best wineries and have the chance to meet in person both Aleš and Jean.