Domaine Ciringa

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who grows the grapes at Ciringa? who makes the wines?

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what wines do they make at Ciringa?  

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when did Ciringa start?

Domaine Ciringa was started by the Tement family when they had the opportunity to purchase the vineyard site that borders their famed Zierrig vineyard on their Austrian estate in 2009.  The family has been farming and making wine in this spot for three generations, so the transfer of knowledge across the border into Slovenia happened without a hitch.  Manfred Tement built the reputation for the Austrian winery and has now passed the responsibility for both Tement and Domaine Ciringa to his sons, Stefan and Armin.

Organic Sauvignon Blanc Slovenia Tement Ciringa

Long before any vines grew in the region, the ocean covered the area and the hills we see now covered in forests and grapes were actually coral reefs that are twenty million years old.  The fossil on the Ciringa label, and pictured below, was found in the vineyard.

where is Ciringa?

Ciringa is located in Slovenia, quite literally on the border of the Austrian Sud Steiermark region, on a large, steep hill that was once a massive coral reef.  From the top of the vineyard, one can see Austria in the foreground and Croatia in the distance.  More important than political boundaries are the geographical influences that define each growing season.  
Organic Sauvignon Blanc Tement

From the north east, hot air from Pannonia, which helps to create the deep reds of Claus Preisinger and Franz Weninger in Burgenland, helps ripen the grapes.  From the south east, wet winds blow off the Adriatic and bring a lot of rain the to area, which is then blocked by the Alps to the South west.  A lot of fog and an intensely green, gorgeous landscape is the result.

The 20 million year old corral reef that is not the vineyard’s subsoil is the key to healthy vines in the region.  The porous coral / limestone allows the plants’ roots to penetrate incredibly deeply into the hill, far below where the water collects and is stored in the topsoil.  This is the reverse of what is so often considered the benefit of deep roots that can find any water in the soil, even in dry years.

why is Ciringa a Candid Wine? why might you try a bottle?

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how is the wine made at Ciringa?

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