Blažič


The Blazic family has been making wine since 1947. In 1948, after WWII, the Yugaslovian border was drawn and their winery was no longer in an open commerce country. It was part of Yugaslovia under Tito's rule. The northeastern Italian border crosses through their winery in such a manner that their home and winemaking is in Slovenia while the vineyards are in Italy's Friuli-Venezia-Giulia wine region. The Slovenia side is in the Goriska brda wine district.

From 1948-1990, the Blazic family worked under extremely difficult conditions. Soldiers were stationed at their home and required them to provide proof of why they had to cross the border each and every time they needed to tend the vineyards. They were limited to 3 km distance beyond the border. Due to hard work and perseverance, the Blazic family maintained most of their winery and farm. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia, their first commercial bottle of wine was produced in 1993.

Today they produce a limited production of boutique wines. They still produce large quantity table wine for the everyday consumption, a requirement left over from socialist rule, but their boutique wines are a separate process that is meticulous with great attention to quality. Their vines range from 5 to 45 years of age. Their farming practices respect nature which produces low yields. Low yields means higher quality grapes. They use grapes exclusively from their own vineyards. They do not add yeast for fermentation and they macerate their white wines (skin contact during fermentation) for a brief period giving their white wines a rich golden color. They only use stainless steel tanks and aged oak barrels. Their careful crafted process produces luscious dry wines with a beautiful aromatic nose. The higher acidity and minerality make their wines very good for aging. Their cuvées are only made with the best vintages.

In 2010, for the first time they arranged for some of their wines to be rated by the Decanter wine judge, Robert Gorjak, and author of the 2011 Slovenian Wine Guide. Their 2009 Sauvignonasse and Rebula received 5 stars. Receiving such high marks from such a prestigious wine judge is a true indicator of the quality of Blazic wines.



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