Introduction

Vine growing and wine producing estate CONSTANTINI, run by DUSAN and PATRICIA HUMAR is situated in Slovenia in vinegrowing district of Goriska Brda. This wine district is placed into the northern part of the Mediterranean region.

The family has been making wine in Brda since 1680 according to written sources, which means combinate tradition with modern approaches.

The unique aromas and taste of Constantini wines derive from the chosen positions of vineyards, the Eocene marl, sandstone and the microclimate – micro-terroir. Wines are a combination of experience and knowledge. The attention towards lower yield per hectare is a guarantee of selected grapes with concentrated flavour of grapes and its richness in extracts.

The wine cellar is equipped with modern technology. We keep all the interferences during the production and refinement process to the minimum to keep the wine natural. Red wines are natural matured in oak barrels in the optimum conditions of the underground wine cellar. Wines are of high quality and full-bodied with an elegant and persistent taste. Their freshness is perfectly balanced with complex aromas and distinct mineral flavour.

Vineyards

The vineyards are planted on select locations of Brda region on both Slovene and Italian side (DOC Collio Goriziano). The soil developed on Eocene flysch sediments, offering excellent growing site for vine. The vineyard slopes are terraced and facing south. The Adriatic Sea is only twenty kilometres away, on average, and its vicinity accounts for smaller temperature excursions through the year and a rather peasant microclimate.  The proximity of the sea creates peculiar conditions due to the sunlight being reflected from sea surface, bringing about the effect of double insolation. Influx of air is twofold: from the south, warm air penetrates from Adriatic Sea, where cold air masses from the north are partly hindered by the last hills of the Julian Alps. Breezes from the Alps keep the summer nights fresh, playing a favourable role in terms of acidity and aromatic substances of the grapes.

Grape yield is limited to around 1 to 1.5 kg per vine. Vineyards are surrounded by and thriving in harmony with acacias and elders which complement the wine`s taste and fragrance in a natural way.

White varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Sauvignon Vert are planted on slopes exposed to south and southeast. Soil: flysch of Eocene origin (marl and sandstone), the soil is rich in minerals. The marl and clayey-sandy soils, including clay of Eocene origin, are planted with red grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Sun exposure: S, SE and SW - sea facing orientation. The vineyard soils are composed of layers of marl, sandstone and clay from Eocene – fossilised sea organisms like sea protozoa, named Nummulite. They were formed millions of years ago when the area was covered by sea. 

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