Mojca and Jože
This is Our Story
In 1985 we married. We had lived in Ljubljana for five years. In 1990 we moved to Novo Mesto. Novo Mesto is a small city, the capital of the Dolenjska region. We started to build a vineyard cottage in the middle of the vineyards. It was so beautiful that we decided to move into the cottage. Now we are here. A little older but happy. But unfortunately, there wasn’t enough place for us and our wine. “What can we do?”, We have often wondered. The answer was only one. We have to buy another vineyard cottage. Just for wine. Here we are—a couple with two vineyard cottages. But only one is for the wine.
So Mojca is my wife but the winemaker and gardener also. She is a talented winemaker and always optimistic. She is a vineyard helper, wine barrels washer, website admin, etc. She is a proud and keen gardener. She is cooking in the kitchen. And yes, she is my proud wife. It’s not easy for her.
What about Jože? Oops, that’s me—this one on the right side. I only try to help her.
Do you know that great wine is made in the vineyard? Because of this, I only spray the vines with organic agents. At harvest, we hand-pick the grapes, then process them in our vineyard cottage immediately.
I follow natural winemaking techniques, so our organically grown grapes have all that wine needs.
Our grapes-only, authentic wines are elegant and expressive, without special additives or preservatives, except sulfur. Unfortunately, there is no other way to protect this gentle and fresh wine without sulfur. The traditional wine of this area is CVIČEK. Cviček’s taste is harmonious and smooth. Refined acid and a low alcohol level convey freshness and drinkability. There are no additives to treat the wine’s taste or flavor, fining, or filtering.
We also adhere to the practice of no chemical treatment in gardening. We only use homemade preparations based on various herbs. You can read more about gardening and winemaking practices on our blogs.
Mojca & Jože, Vineyard Cottage Tomšič