In History's Embrace
The Krško Wine Cellar resides in the Dolenjska winegrowing district, impressing since 1928 with quality and premium wines. We're part of the Krško Agricultural Cooperative, its biggest organization-production unit, building on a wealth of local tradition, decades of experience, closeness to the land and application of modern technology, all of which make us a standout producer of quality wines as well as the leading brand of the best Cviček PTP.
Our own vineyards in Sremič grow grape varieties for our premium wines: Blaufränkisch, Grüner Silvaner, Pinot Blanc, Welschriesling and Sauvignon Blanc, whose quality has been recognized by prestigious awards from domestic and international wine competitions. Procedures in the cellar are conducted according to the international HACCP standard, as attested by our ISO 9001:2015 quality certificate.
The Krško Wine Cellar ages its wines in the cellars of the old castle estate, once the home of the Counts of Auersperg. In the 18th century, the economy of the Turn Castle by Krško was at its peak, and in 1770 it was upgraded with the splendidly preserved wine cellar storing a variety of mostly white wines. Now, this is where we keep our Cviček. The counts tended to vineyards in the surroundings, recorded richly in the Turn Castle Fund of the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia in Ljubljana.
Tracing the castle's history and princely owners, 19th century brings us to the poet Anastasius Grün, owner of the Turn Castle whose real name was Anton Alexander von Auersperg.
Among his tutors you'll find our nation's greatest poet, France Prešeren, who'd visit the noble student in his castle – and in the wine cellar across, no doubt. The National and University Library in Ljubljana stores a letter in which Count Auersperg is kindly reminding Prešeren, in fact, about his debt for the wine he had "taken away" from his cellar. The story, quaint but true, is the first our visitors hear as they enter the home of Cviček, the central cellar also depicted on our Cviček bottles. Who knows, perhaps it was these mighty arches that witnessed the creation of our national anthem's opening verses: The vintage, friends, is over, and here sweet wine makes, once again ...
The old castle cellar houses the Cviček cellar and two archives, while the modernized upper cellar ages our white wines. The award-winning Modra Frankinja Prestige (Blaufränkisch) matures in barriques inside our tasting hall. We'll be more than happy to show you around!