STA, 1 October 2019 - Wine growers in Brda, one of the most famous wine growing districts in Slovenia, are satisfied with this year's grape harvest despite the overall numbers being lower than expected - the wine is expected to be of excellent quality.
Representatives of the wine cellar Klet Brda, the largest wine producer in the western region, told the press on Tuesday that the company and its partners produce a total of 6,300 tonnes of grapes this year.
This is 15% below the average expected annual yield, but the quality of wine is expected to be excellent by all parameters, the company's chief enologist Darinko Ribolica said.
Vineyard owners in Brda are satisfied the most with rebula, whose quantity was also the largest, followed by merlot. They are satisfied with all red grape varieties, with the sunny and warm September making for excellent quality.
This year's prices will be similar to last year's, but will be higher in the highest quality class. The prices will range from EUR 0.40 to EUR 1.20, compared to last year's average price of EUR 0.64 per kilogram.
The special guest for this year's grape picking session for the press was former Formula 1 pilot Ralf Schumacher, who owns a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant near Germany's Cologne.
Klet Brda director Silvan Peršolja added that, while its wine was consumed on all continents, the company was not planning to enter new markets, but strengthen its brand on the existing ones, from the US and UK to China.