Reia Vino Wine Selection
Welcome to the wine of the Reja family in Neblo. The winery is called Reia Vino, because, like many names in Goriška Brda, Reja (and Reya) is a very popular name shared across many families, and indeed winemakers. So Reia allows a way for Marko, Diana, and Maja to stand out amongst the crowd. By the way, local stories say that Reja dates back hundreds of years to either a Spanish conquistador who settled in the Brda hills or a Jewish trader who found his way to the region.
I am offering a unique selection of natural wines from this 10-hectare certified biodynamic and organic vineyard.
Rebula 2018: Rebula is the defining grape variety of Brda. Although not high in alcohol it is characterized by a full body based on minerals, with acids providing even greater smoothness. It is a reflection of the terroir of Brda and the mild climate, which was above average and rich on sunny days this vintage.
Malvazija 2018: Another iconic Slovenian grape. Minerality in the wine inspires an association between Malvazija and the sea. A great accompaniment to fish stews, octopus salads, and risotto with mussels, stuffed squid, and more. It will also marry with mushrooms and could even hold its own with truffles.
Chardonnay 2017: Chardonnay is cosmopolitan to whom we have managed to imprint our stamp with a low load of vines. It is distinguished by a rich bouquet with outstanding notes of ripe fruits and herbs, summer meadow flowers, and spices. This wine is considered to be a noble product of the land of Brda and the mild climate.
Tolovaj (Macerated Tokaj) 2017: The amber color and the multitude of slowly sliding drops around the perimeter of the glass are recognizable signs of wine, which sets new milestones for the perception of sauvignon vert (also called Tokaj) as the flagship of Brda organic viticulture and winemaking. The nose is dominated by balsamic notes, among which we recognize some homemade spices and herbs, especially fennel flowers, but all the perceptions of the bouquet are combined into a mighty crescendo, in which individual instruments are subordinated to the combined effect of magical power.
Poanta (Macerated white cuveé) 2017: One of Jase's favourite wines in the region. Maceration offers new emphasis, new meaning, and new life to this blend. A perfect harmony between alcohol and acid, although a third partner, tannins, intervenes in the relationship between the two. The body is strong but agile, which is probably due to the imaginative relationship between the varieties that make up this variety, sauvignon vert (Tokaj), rebula, and malvazija. The appearance betrays maceration, the bouquet is pleasant, spring fresh, and inviting. In the mouth, it manifests itself with minerality, maturity, and fruitiness.
Kamarad (Red cuveé) 2017: A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc. The colour doesn't lie: the wine "has its years", the brick tones are mixed with ruby ones, but its bouquet is still youthfully lively, not at all "tired". Fruity notes are intertwined with herbs and spices, and a wealth of small forest fruits and black cherries as well as pepper and leather are found here.
The Reia homestead has been in the hands of the Rejas for generations. Growing grapes, cherries, apricots, persimmons, pituralka pears, olives, and more is a constant balancing act and requires a commitment to the principles of biodynamic culture with respect for the environment, nature, earth, and all life. They are devoted to engaging in agriculture that is holistic, harmonious, and doesn’t jeopardize flora and fauna. National and international control organizations for organic and biodynamic agriculture certify their environmentally friendly activities and fairness to customers. Their entire estate is dually certified, holding the Organic Certificate (Eko) and the Demeter Certification.
It's a real family affair on the farm. Mother Diana is passionate about the production of fruit, especially local and indigenous varieties. When processing and drying the fruit, her exceptional perseverance, precision, and patience are especially evident. Father Marko is a third-generation winemaker learning from his grandfather. Daughter Maja, who studied design at the Academy of Fine Arts, continues the primary activity of biodynamic farming as a fresh breath of air and a new generation, combining it with her creativity with the design of clay and ceramics.