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In the beginning, there was a dream. Then, the idea was born. Our vision was to combine the best terroir and our respect for the nature in order to offer wine-lovers a new, organic, natural and unforgettable wine experience. After that, the hard work began. Hard work that resulted in Santei wines and spirits. We are not looking for shortcuts. We are not looking for quick fixes. We are only interested in the best. We follow nature, we respect tradition. Our grapes and wines are organically certified and in 2019 we started to follow biodynamic principles in wine-growing and vinification process. All our wines from 2021 vintage onwards are Demeter certified.


The Santei estate is located in Vipavska brda, the upper, rugged part of the Vipava Valley. Our vineyards are a part of the Upper Branica wine-growing sub-region, which is characterized by specific geo-climatic conditions that enable the production of premium wines. The Branica valley serves as the border between the Karst region and the Vipava Valley and encompasses the upper part of the Branica basin with the southern slopes of the Vipava hills. The ground is composed of the deposits of Eocene flysch, which is characterized by sequences of marlstone, sandy siltstone and coarse-grained carbonaceous sandstone, intertwined by thick and thin layers of breccias and conglomerates. The people from the Vipava region call this ideal wine-growing topsoil “soudan”.

Upper Branica has a very specific location, because of the immediate vicinity of the Karst region, so the brown and white clay in the “soudan” mix with the red soil, typical of the Karst region. It is also characterized by lower temperatures. Our measurements show that the average temperatures are approximately 2 degrees lower than in the rest of the Upper Vipava Valley. This is the result of the Čipnje gorge limiting the inflow of warm Mediterranean air. The geo-climatic specifics of the Upper Branica valley allow the grapes to maintain the appropriate quantity of acids even when fully ripe, which contributes not only to their superior quality, but also to a potentially longer maturing period.


Santei Natural wines are the pure demonstration of our respect for Mother Nature and Matej´s perfectionism in the wine cellar. All our wines are certified organic from 2018 vintage. From 2019 we follow the principles of biodynamic winemaking and in 2021 we received Demeter certificate.