The Winkler family renovated the Kumparička farm and turned it into an organic goat and cheese farm. Their cheeses have a specific look that can also be found in Michelin-starred restaurants.
We started the business primarily out of love because we wanted to offer something new and different. With a lot of love, work and sacrifice, today we are the eighth attraction on TripAdvisor for the Rovinj area.
We have seven labels on offer, and the most praised is our Cabernet Sauvignon which is among the best in the world. Of course, the road to such recognition was long. When we participated in the first Vinistra in 1994, we knew 50 times less about wine than we do today.
I have always been involved in agriculture that I inherited from my parents, and I have been selling in the market since I retired, now for almost 15 years. My husband helps me with my work, and we have lands in the vicinity of Poreč and Tara.
I opened my winery in 2007 in Deklevi, a place near Višnjan. Wine production is part of our family tradition, all seven hectares of vineyards are located in Višnjan, after which we named our wines – Vicinim.
After working in the meat industry, I decided to start something of my own that would be simple but high quality. Which will be based on tradition and mild flavors, which is actually common for the Žminj region.
Our grandfather started winemaking, and in 1992 my dad started making wine and liqueur more seriously. Today, we produce up to 400,000 liters per year by investing in technology.
We started in 2013 when we were still in college, Rijeka and Florence. Today we work from Istria with clients from the region. We could have worked abroad, but we believed we could succeed at home.
We believe that the recipe for good wine is nature, knowledge and technology, and an artistic approach to production. My brothers, Marko, Filip, and I are continuing the 130-year-old family tradition.
We have been engaged in cattle breeding since I know for myself. We make cheeses from unpasteurized milk of Istrian sheep and can only be found on our doorstep and at festivals.