Ščurek Stara Brajda Old Vineyard Red
Variety: 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Refosco
Country of origin: Slovenia
Maceration: 18 days of maceration
Aging (maturation): 24 months in new and used 500-liter oak barrels
Tasting notes: Ruby red color with pomegranate shades. Aromas, aromas remind us of ripe red fruit, spices, and undergrowth. The palate reveals a full body and light tannins with a pleasant and long finish.
The family history began in 1830 when a Ščurek married into a farming business, which dated back to 1780. At first, the farm was engaged in mixed farming - rearing cattle and growing a variety of produce. Vineyards were grown on one single hectare of land, and over the following decades, Stojan’s father and uncle steadily increased their vineyards. After the Second World War and the redefinition of farm boundaries, one hectare of the farmland was located in Slovenia and 10 hectares in Italy. Stojan and his sister were born when Stojan’s uncle moved out of the farm, and the family concentrated their efforts on growing fruit and vegetables. “Viticulture has always been the basic activity on the farm, followed by fruit cultivation and livestock rearing. Afterward, we concentrated all our efforts on fruit production. We used to get up at three in the morning to take our produce to Zagorje or Trbovlje,” recalls Stojan. When the development of viticulture began in Italy, the Ščurek family saw this as their opportunity. “There was a great demand for grapes, and the cooperative began to grow. Slowly we began planting vines on all our land,” explains Stojan. Today, altogether, they have 22 hectares of vineyards.
The first bottle of wine was produced in 1989. This was within the Brajda viticulture society, where local boys got together and brought the first automated bottling machine to Goriška Brda.