Marjan Simčič represents the fifth generation of winemakers in the small village of Ceglo in the region of Goriška Brda. Half of his vineyards are situated in Italy, the other half in Slovenia where the nearby Trnovo forest helps to shield the vines against any cold weather. The Simčič philosophy revolves around the latin phrase “in vino veritas” – there is truth in wine. They believe their wine tells the story of the region and heritage. It is based on natural viticulture, coupling modern and traditional vinification techniques. The wines are bottled without cleaning or filtration and no chemical fertilisers or pesticides are used in the vineyards.
Classic wines – originate from the younger vineyards. They are matured on their lees in stainless steel barrels for up to eight months, gaining a complex, rich and elegant body. They are fresh and mineral wines that can benefit from up to ten years bottle age.
Selekcija (reserve) wines – only made in the best vintages and are made from the best selected grapes from the older vineyards of the domaine. These vines have deeper roots due to poorer soils. Fermentation takes place in 3000 and 4000 litre wooden barrels. Maturation is varied in different sized wooden barrels. These wines are rich and complex with a persistent minerality and are released after two to four years of maturation.
Opoka wines – their most prestigious range which are, according to Marjan, quite simply the “best of the best”. Opoka describes the unique mineral constituent of the marl/sandstone soils. These wines are only produced in the most exceptional harvests and in tiny quantities. They are matured for 22-36 months in high quality wooden barrels. The resultant wines are rich, elegant and with outstanding mineral structure with an excellent capacity to age over the next 10 – 12 years. The Opoka Merlot is from hand harvested grapes from 40-year-old vines.
Leonardo – a very special wine made from indigenous Ribolla grapes that are left on the vines in the warm Autumn weather. After a scrupulous grape selection, the grapes are put in wooden crates and are left to dry out until the following April. There is no influence from Botrytis cinerea.