Uros Klabjan, Slovenia – organic and natural
Uros Klabjan cultivates wines in Istria 20km south of Triste on the Slovenian side. The vineyards are located 3km from the Adriatic Sea near the Gulf of Triste at an altitude of 45 to 120 metres above sea level. Klabjan’s Malvasia and Refosco varieties are planted in a funnel-shaped valley that narrows down towards the Karst Hill further away from the sea. The 50 year old wines benefit from a mixture of soils; limestone from the north and marl from the east. The Mediterranean climate has an intense maritime influence. The Burja (bora wind) moderates the diurnal temperature range and extends the growing season, which facilitates the optimal ripening for the ungrafted vines. Due to the organic farming and the natural balance, irrigation is not necessary even during hotter vintages. Uros applies the same principles in the cellar as in the vineyards, no intervention. The wines ferment spontaneously with a relatively short skin maceration in order to preserve a pure expression of the fruit.
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