Wine-growing and wine producing estate Constantini, run by Dušan and Patricia Humar are situated in Slovenia in the wine region of Goriška Brda. This wine district is in the northern part of the Mediterranean region. According to the European Union wine regulations, the region is classified as zone CII.
The Humar family has been making wine in Goriška Brda since 1680 according to written sources, which results in a combination of tradition with modern approaches. The unique aromas and taste of Constantini wines are derived from the chosen positions of the vineyards, the Eocene marl, sandstone and the microclimate all of each result in an excellent micro-terroir. The attention toward lower yields per hectare is a guarantee of selected grapes with concentrated flavour and richness in extracts.
Red wines are naturally matured in oak barrels in the optimum conditions of the underground wine cellar. Constantini wines are high quality, unique and full-bodied with an elegant and persistent taste. Their freshness is perfectly balanced with complex aromas and distinct mineral flavours, which are reflections of variety and terroir. These characteristics grant them longevity and attain ripening with perfect timing.
The vineyards are planted in selected, high quality locations of the Brda district on both the Slovene and Italian sides of the border (DOC Collio Goriziano). The soil developed on Eocene flysch sediments, offering excellent growing sites for vines. The vineyard slopes are terraced and face south.
The Adriatic Sea is only twenty kilometres away, on average, and its proximity accounts for smaller temperature fluctuations through the year and a rather pleasant microclimate. The proximity of the sea creates distinct conditions due to the sunlight being reflected from the sea’s surface, causing double exposure to the sun rays.
The influx of air is twofold: from the south, warm air penetrates from the Adriatic Sea, while cold air masses from the north are partly hindered by the last hills of the Julian Alps. Breezes from the Alps keep the summer nights fresh, playing a favourable role in terms of the acidity and aromatic substances of the grapes.
The vineyards are surrounded by and thriving in harmony with acacias and elders that complement the wine’s taste and fragrance in a natural way. The Constantini vineyard soils are composed of layers of marl, sandstone and clay from the Eocene with fossilised sea organisms like sea protozoa, called Nummulite. They were formed millions of years ago when the area was covered by the sea.
White varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Sauvignon Vert are planted on slopes exposed to the south and southeast. The marl and clayey-sandy soils, including clay of Eocene origin, are planted with red grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.