Country Location: Slovenia
“In this cradle of Cviček, our ancestors decided in favour of quality. 'Better less and better' they said, while giving ear to nature. They enjoyed going to sunlit vineyards and so do we.”—The Martinčič family
The people. Martinčič d. o. o. is a family business that is continuing its forefathers’ more than century-old tradition of winegrowing and cutting nursery. Working on the same land since 1890, the family soon determined that the vines in the Dolenjska wine region were able to produce fine vintage wines. In the early sixties, Jernej Martinčič's grandfather France Martinčič embarked on a major renovation project in the vineyards after retuning from military service. The first Cviček was independent bottled in 1982. Today, in this cradle of Cviček, Jernej Martinčič conscientiously farms 8 hectares over 7 sites of mixed marls and limestones. His focus is on authenticity and quality: "Better less and better." is his motto.
In the vineyard. The winery is located in Šmalčja vas by Šentjernej, a fifteen minutes’ drive from Novo Mesto, an hour’s drive from Ljubljana. The family owns several vineyards ranging in elevation from 240m to 420m, with different exposures and soils as diverse as brown marls, laminated limestones, and stratified dolomite. The grape varieties grown include Franconian, Zametovka, Zlahtnina, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Ranfol, Kraljevina, Laski Riesling, Rhine Riesling, and Sylvaner. Most of the production is Cviček, a light, dry, fresh and pleasant wine suitable for any occasion. It is characterized by distinctive crispness (acid ranging from 6 to 10 g/l) at a low alcohol level (8.5–10.0 vol %).
The production of Cviček is typical of the Dolenjsko wine-growing region. It is made from grapes of both white (Kraljevina, Laski Riesling, Sylvaner, Zlahtnina, Ranfol, Lipna and other less known older varieties) and red grape varieties (Zametna Crnina, Franconian and Portugalka). Processing of different grape varieties can take place separately or together. If Cviček is made according to the strict, specific, appellation characteristics, it receives the "Cviček PTP" label (PTP is an acronym for recognized traditional denomination).
Cviček is served with traditional Slovene and in particular Dolenjsko dishes, e.g. "štruklji" (rolled dumplings), a suckling pig, a spit-roasted kid, "krvavice" (blood suasages) with cabbage, a St. Martin’s goose with "mlinci" (Slovene pasta), cured meat dishes, etc.