Ščurek Stara Brajda Old Vineyard White 2016
Variety: 60% Ribolla Gialla, 20% Pikolit, 20% Pika and some Glera, Tržarka and Malvasia
Country of origin: Slovenia
Maceration: 24 hours of cold maceration
Aging (maturation): 12 months in new and used 300 and 500-liter oak barrels
Tasting notes: Light yellow color with golden shades. Aromas remind us of ripe fruits, oak, and dry flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, pleasantly fresh with a 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.
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.
Art encapsulated in a bottle Only a few decades ago; vines grew on only a single hectare of the Ščurek farmland. Today, winemaker Stojan Ščurek from Goriška Brda and all his five sons, are involved in viticulture and enology. This year alone, they have already exported five containers of bottled wine to China. The Ščurek wine is available in several European markets, in Michelin-starred restaurants, and as far away as Japan. “I like to compare wine with sushi - it is not for everyone, but there are a great number of variations,” says Stojan.
In the early 1990s, they created their brand, which has been retained in its original form up to today. “When you first penetrate the market, you operate within a group until everyone has to fight for themselves. I have never tried to impose my wines on anyone.