The diversity of microclimatic conditions in the Brda hills, which are nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, provides audacious winemakers with an extraordinary spectrum of expression through various winemaking methods. From classic mineral wines, across amazing Rebulas, aged in various dimensions of oak barrels, amphorae and concrete eggs, to wines with extended skin contact which have attracted the attention of the world’s leading experts. 

Rebula has a significant symbolic power, because it unites 13 outstanding producers from two countries, but one region: the Brda -Collio. The Masterclass Brda – Home of Rebula will be featuring Marjan Simčič, Edi Simčič, Dolfo, Ferdinand Wines, Ščurek, Klet Brda, Zanut, Moro, Medot and Erzetič from Slovenia and Kristian Keber, Jermann and Gradisciutta from Italy.

Masterclass will be led by

Gašper Čarman …

For the last ten years, Gašper Čarman has been living his dream by catering to the wishes of wine enthusiasts in Slovenia and Europe. In 2004, he established eVino, the first online wine shop in Slovenia, which in ten years become largest fine wine distributor in Slovenia. Together with his siter Nina, Gašper runs “Danilo gostilna & vinoteka”, a family restaurant with 50 years of tradition. His recent project is wine brand called Gasper, where he joined forces with Klet Brda and successfully selling his wines in Slovenia, UK, Switzerland, Poland, Spain and Croatia. Wines have received several awards including this year DWWA silver medal for Rebula 2013.

As a sommelier, Gašper Čarman has won gold medals in every national competition he took part in. He was competing two times for Best European sommelier and two times for Best World sommelier. He regularly contributes articles on wine and wine-drinking culture to various magazines. He is currently in the process of completing his studies at the renowned MW institute in London.

… and Dr. Caroline Gilby

Dr. Caroline Gilby MW is an author, writer and consultant specialising in Central and Eastern Europe and her first book The Wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova was published in July 2018 and won the Prix de L’OIV in 2020. Among other titles, she contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine, and Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopaedia.  She also contributes on a freelance basis to Decanter, and Revija Vino. Caroline is an international wine judge and is panel chair for Northern & Eastern Europe and the Balkans at Decanter World Wine Awards and chair of judging at Vinistra in Croatia.  Caroline was the first foreigner to be awarded the title Friend of Hungarian Winemakers in 2018. In 2019, she was appointed Vranec ambassador by Wines of Macedonia and Wine of Moldova awarded her a medal of gratitude. Prior to her career as a writer, Gilby spent seven years as a senior wine buyer at Augustus Barnett off-licences, with responsibility for wines from Eastern Europe – where she first encountered wines from today’s Slovenia. She holds a doctorate in plant biology and has been a Master of Wine since 1992.