About us

Our vineyards lie mostly on raised southern slopes above the village, thus getting sun and mild wind through all day.

Our usual planting density is about 5000 vines per hectare. The altitude of the vineyards is between 150 and 250 metres. There is clean cultivation in younger vineyards, while older vineyards are grassed

Low, single-guyot training method being used, the yield is approximately 1 kg of grapes per vine.

Wine is born on a vine in a vineyard. It is where its journey towards a bottle begins.

Wine estate 8 ha

VINA KRAPEŽ wine estate is located in the beautiful village of Vrhpolje in the Vipava Valley, at the foothills of Nanos and Kovk. In the past, sea deposited rich layers of flysch and marl which make good grounds for vines.

The sub-Mediterranean climate of the Vipava Valley is strongly affected by constant alternation of warm, wet southwest wind called mornik and cold northeast wind called burja – bora. The valley usually has mild winters, warm summers and approximately 1500 mm of annual precipitation with climaxes in late spring and autumn. Mixing of continental and Mediterranean climate characteristics has influence on the character of Vipava wines.

It began in 1928...

1928 Grandpa Jožef Krapež buys The “Pr’potokovo” farm (meaning: Near the stream farm) in Vrhpolje and moves from Gora (nearby hill) to the valley, starting the beginning of the viticulture and winemaking family – VINA KRAPEŽ. Hard work, horny hands, sweaty face, day after day, for the family to survive, for the farm to develop and advance. His son Jožef was developing and building the name of the Krapež farm since his young age. His first and last thought was always the cellar, in the morning opening and in the evening closing its door.

1971 Jožef Jr. decides to sign a document not to give the grapes to the Vipava Wine Cooperative anymore. Since then, Krapež has been an independent viticulturer and winegrower.

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… the 3rd generation in 1987

1987 Jožef's son Martin assumes the responsibility of the cellar and wine.

1990 The first vintage of our own bottling, the family farm engages completely in viticulture, wine growing and trade.

1994 The first vintage of barrique wines – matured in oak barrels.

1999 Aiming at low yields per vine, structured wines; increasing the sense for nature and its priorities.