Marjan Simcic Opoka Ribolla Rebula 2008
In 1988 Salko's son Marijan took over the management of the farm. In 1997, in the village of Ceglo near Medana, a new and modern wine cellar was built, thus creating perfect conditions for producing high quality wines. The new logo of the farm was revealed and a new future began.
The year 2008 was a milestone for Simcic winery - Marjan, representing the fifth generation of winemakers, bought first pieces of Brda land and planted the oldest vineyards, becoming the pillar of winemaking from all points of view.
Marjan's story, which was told and implemented through his wines in the past 20 years, in 2008 was brought to such perfection to present to public the result of his devotion - a new line of top quality wines ''Opoka''.
Along the wines’ structure one can follow the intertwining of long-lasting winemaker’s experience, signature of his character and all the best offered by the Brda terroir.
Four wines labeled as "Opoka" (Ribolla, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot) represent a completely new dimension in the quality of Marjan Simcic wines.
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