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.
Vineyards are the heart of our farm; planted mostly with local varieties.
The soil of our vineyards is modest. It is a mixture of sand, sandstone, marl, limestone and clay from the Eocene Epoch. The decomposition of marl results in clay particles rich in mineral substances.
All of our vineyards lie on the southern slopes of the Vipava hills, flirting dangerously with the Karst region. The southern position on the steep slopes allows for good exposure to wind, high temperature fluctuations between day and night, and optimal exposure to sun.
All the vineyards are terraced and the single Guyot cultivation method is used in all of them. When pruning, we take care not to make excessive cuts to the vines, thus enabling the flow of internal juices of the vines and preserving their vitality.
With the use of biodynamic preparations in the vineyards, we introduce and spread microflora, connect the plants with cosmic forces and develop and boost the immunity our own organisms.
By increasing organic matter and spraying with a combination of horn manure and flint, we simultaneously introduce vital energy. By using compost and green manure, we take care of the soil revitalization and biodiversity, which is a prerequisite for the health and harmony of the vineyard.
Tasks in the vineyards are carried out, if possible, in accordance with the natural cycles of the biodynamic calendar.
Cru of vineyards
6 hectares in one section
Size: 2.50.50 ha.a.m2
Average altitude: 332.863 m
Incline: 33%, 19.4°
Location: SW – 222°
No. of vines: 6700
Varieties: Pinela, Zelen, Welschriesling
Substrate: Richter110, 420A, Kober5BB
Year of planting: 2019
an amphitheatre under the cellar
Size: 2.18.92 ha.a.m2
Average altitude: 332.423 m
Incline: 45%, 24.3°
Location: SE – SW – 180°
No. of vines: 8600
Varieties: Malvasia, Barbera, Picolit
Substrate: Richter110, Binova, SO4
Planting years: 2014 - 2017
Human handiwork blessed by the saints
Size: 2.18.83 ha.a.m2
Average altitude: 275.753 m
Incline: 20%, 11.4°
Location: SW – 190°
No. of vines: 17,150
Varieties: Pinela, Zelen, Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla
Substrate: Richter110, 420A, Binova
Planting years: 2009 - 2019
a display of high steep terraces
Size: 4.35.34 ha.a.m2
Average altitude: 362.123 m
Incline: 38%, 20.8°
Location: SW – 155°
No. of vines: 12,400
Varieties: Pinela, Zelen, Malvasia, Merlot, Barbera
Substrate: Richter110, 420A, Kober5BB
Years of planting: 2007 - 2009 - 2014
summersault into the valley
Size: 0.68.54 ha.a.m2
Average altitude: 359.256 m
Incline: 51%, 26.8°
Location: SW – 185°
No. of vines: 2650
Varieties: Ribolla Gialla
Year of planting: 2014
behind the peak of Planina
Size: 2.20.50 ha.a.m2
Average altitude: 332,863 m
Incline: 35%, 19.4°
Position: SW – 222°
No. of vines: 10,400
Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Merlot, Malvasia
Substrate: Richter110, 420A
Years of planting: 2011 - 2018
Guerila wines are a reflection of biodynamic cultivation and the Vipava wine cellar tradition.
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.
Guerila Wines, three lines:
Guerila classic is the newest batch of wines that, following a short maceration, ripen in stainless steel containers. They preserve their characteristic varietal aroma and taste. They are designed for relaxed enjoyment on every occasion.