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Who are we?
Guerila wines are a reflection of biodynamic cultivation and the Vipava wine cellar tradition.
My name is Zmagoslav Petrič. Guerila is a product of my ideas, dreams, aspirations and stubbornness.
I was born in 1956 into a family of farmers. That same year, my father Jožef received a prize for his grapes of an old Pinella variety. Coincidence or fate? Childhood memories take me back to the time when I was working on a small farm, to the vineyard, and into the cellar. To a time of humility, sincerity, responsibility, respect and love for the earth, nature and neighbour. My father subconsciously passed these values onto me and shaped me into a steady, strong person. I am now passing this on to my family, colleagues and people who surround me. They say that you take a man from the farm, but you can never take the farm from his heart…
In 2005, a decision had matured in me to found Guerila, a biodynamic wine-growing farm in the village of Planina near Ajdovščina in the Vipava valley. Based on my own research, I selected the best spots and planted vineyards using local varieties.
I have built a modern wine cellar. My idea of winegrowing is firmly rooted in my utmost respect for nature. I believe that authentic wine is truly born in the vineyard and then it merely ripens to perfection in the cellar. Perfect ecosystems only exist in nature where humans cooperate with nature. The key to life is in harmony and balance; to this end, we uphold biodynamic principles both in the vineyard and in the cellar.
We harvest the grapes for our wines ourselves. Grape picking is done manually and, whenever possible, on the blossoming day or the fruiting day. We wait for the grapes to fully mature, as healthy and mature grapes are a prerequisite for biodynamic cellaring. Fermentation is exclusively spontaneous, as is biological de-acidification. We bottle without filtration. All tasks in the cellar are performed in accordance with the biodynamic calendar.