27 August 2019

Arrival of guests and socializing /
presentation of vintage 2018 of Rebula wines.

28 August 2019

11.00 – 13.30
Master Class
Rebula wines, from the recent vintage 2018 to 2011.
The phenomenal multifaceted structural character of Reb-ula will be presented by Gašper Čarman, one of the best wine experts in Slovenia, who will also be hosting the Master Class. (Slovenian Sommelier of the Year 2013 and 2015, owner of a company distributing Slovenian wines and importer of foreign wines to Slovenia)

The latest research findings on the terroir of Brda and its characteristics will be shown by Dr. Denis Rusjan, professor at the Biotechnical faculty of University of Ljubljana, specialised in ampelography and terroir.

The most prominent Italian sommelier and wine critic Luca Gardini will take us through the selection of flavours of exquisite Rebula wines from 2018 down to 2011 with his vivid descriptions. (World’s Best Sommelier in 2010, author of numerous articles for a series of Italian and foreign newspapers and owner of gardininotes.com)

This years’ edition will feature MW Caroline Gilby, UK, renowned freelance writer and consultant, specialising in wines from Central and Eastern Europe. Gilby is also Regional Chair for North, Central and Eastern Europe at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019. She will speak about the potential of Rebula – Ribolla Gialla as an indigenous wine with a vast amplitude of interpretation, on the global market.  She will also discuss strategies for promoting Rebula wines and current consumption trends.

13.30 – 14.00
Break / Light lunch

14.00 – 17.00
Wine tasting with the finest Rebula wines from the Brda and Collio region

17.00 – 19.30

Aperitif at Gredič Castle Restaurant 

Gala Dinner with especially selected  Magnum Rebula Old vintages at the charming Gredič Castle Restaurant. The wines will be accompanied by culinary artworks from the talented young Slovenian Chef David Bucik

29 August 2019

Tours of picturesque Brda, its vineyards and wineries
upon prior agreement

Prof. Denis Rusjan, Ph.D., M.Sc., Agr. Eng.

Denis Rusjan, Ph.D., is a professor of viticulture at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, where he conducts scientific research in addition to giving lectures. In his recent work, he is mostly involved in assessing the value of local and domesticated wine grape varieties and describing their genotypes and phenotypes, including their response to various agrotechnical and ampelotechnical measures, climate change and the increasing number of new diseases appearing in vineyards. Putting forward new genotypes is inevitable to tackle the changing growing and environmental conditions and therefore Prof. Rusjan is also increasingly focusing on selecting local variety biotypes and introducing new ones. His bibliography is a staggering array of scientific and technical publications, not seldom in high-ranking journals.

Caroline Gilby MW

Decanter Magazine, DWWA 2019 Regional Chair for North, Central & Eastern Europe

Caroline Gilby MW is a freelance writer and consultant, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. Among others, she currently contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine BookThe Oxford Companion to Wine, and the World Atlas of Wine, and has previously written for Dorling Kindersley’s Wines of the WorldThe Wine Opus, and Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report. Prior to her career as a writer, Gilby spent seven years as a senior wine buyer at Augustus Barnet off-licences, where she became the first major buyer to import Hungarian wines to the UK. She initially studied plant biology, in which she holds a doctorate, but abandoned life behind the microscope for a career in wine soon after winning the Decanter-Macallan Malt Whisky Taster of the Year Award while still a student. Gilby passed her MW in 1992 and has been visiting and tasting the wines of Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania for over 20 years.