The Colja farm's first entry dates back to 1908. Initially, the estate was based on mixed farming and it wasn’t until the 1980s, when the family decided to dedicate their establishment to the wine industry. They quickly set about upgrading their vineyards, constructed a new wine cellar and introduced new winemaking technologies. New cellar equipment, such as modern presses, cooling systems and stainless steel containers, was installed. All the medals and awards the family has earned since then symbolize years of perseverance and dedication to their vineyard and winery. A truly outstanding accomplishment is the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon, the oldest wine in the cellar and the first bottled wine to receive a medal.
Vina Colja wines can be purchased directly at the family’s wine cellar. You may also buy Vina Colja wines at the Home of Good Wines Koželj and at major grocery stores. The purchase can also be made online and delivered to your home.
The family’s vineyards stretch along the sunny slopes of the Braniška Valley. The oldest one was planted during the reconstruction of the establishment in 1983. The intertwining of the Mediterranean and continental climates together with the extremely fertile clay-based marly soil co-shape the special character of the wines produced. The vineyards are dominated by malvasia (25%), followed by cabernet sauvignon (20%) and chardonnay (15%). Sauvignon, pinela, zelen and merlot are thriving on the remaining land.
The ideal harvest time depends on the appropriate ripeness of the grapes and the weather conditions. Picking is done manually. Vinification, depending on the grape variety, takes place in stainless steel vinifiers. White varieties age in stainless steel containers, whereas red wines mature in 225 and 500 litre barrique barrels and 3000 litre oak barrels. The oldest bottle of wine in the cellar is the vintage of 1995.
Tastings are available by prior arrangement.