Family owned wine estate Fornazarič has a very long history. Our ancestors were using natural sources for farming since we know it. Hilly slopes were always planted with fruit trees and vines. The estate has expanded over the years, changing the extent of different activities and abandoned some. The estate went through better as well as tough times mainly because of different natural challenges over the years but it managed to survive through time and nevertheless retain some of the original farming methods and stay in harmony with nature. Favourable geographical location, climate and the way of farming have made it possible to develop and expand the viniculture on all of the slopes nearby, and as a result, all this enabled us the production of quality wine.
Year 1991 was a landmark, because we started with a new philosophy and vineyards restructuring. This mainly meant more densely planted vineyards, lower crop per vine (ca. 1 kg/vine) and omission of mineral fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides. Wines became different since they obtained natural stability and long life ability. Wine made that way matures in the underground cellar with no need of our help and contains no additives except sulfite. Aged wines are bottled without filtration as our goal is to maintain everything that naturally comes from the grapes. Currently 3 generations of Fornazarič family, with a great enthusiasm and precision cultivate 30.000 vines that spreads over 6 hectares of vineyards.
We are located in the heart of Europe. Slovenia is a small country, which lies between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. Our estate is situated in the western edge of Slovenia in a unique spot of Vipava valley wine region, which is just a stone’s throw from the Italian border, half an hour from the Gulf of Trieste and less than an hour to the Julian Alps, placing it quite truly in the heart of one of Europe’s most picturesque regions. Diverse worlds, ways of life, cultures, climates, and geological formations intersect in the Vipava Valley, and the mixture is greater than the sum of its parts.