Located in the beautiful Vipava Valley of Slovenia, Batic lives
in the same home that has sheltered his family for over 400 years.
You pass through a nondescript double wooden door and enter a
wonderland of flowers and art that surround the combination winery
and homestead. In the corner, near the entrance to the barrel room,
and on a right angle to the residence, you sit at the table that
has served the family for sixteen generations.
Ivan Batic, like most winemakers in Slovenia, spends his
mornings in the vineyards, his afternoons at the winery, and every
evening selling his wine, although his location of choice is the
vineyard. He believes that wine is the product of the grape, and
the winemaker needs to understand the language of the grape in
determining the final product. He prefers an organic approach to
production, but recognizes that circumstances may dictate some
minimal reliance on pesticides or herbicides.
Batic focus is on his white wines, with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot
Gris, and Chardonnay leading the way. However, don’t ignore
his Rosso Batic and his Cabernet Franc, both of these reds are full
bodied, fruit driven wines, designed to improve any meal. Batic has
relied on the native oak of Slovenia, but is careful to balance the
oak with the fruit to offer wines ready to drink when young, but
with ageing potential.
Finally, Batic wines are easy to identify. Bottled in green
glass, in a distinctive pyramid shape, embossed with the Batic
family crest, the package is designed by an artist whose work has
found a home in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He does has
moved away from traditional labels in favor of neck tags that allow
him to tell the story of his wines through narrative and poem. He
sees winemaking as an art and argues that everything from the label
to the bottle should enhance the experience.
Batic may be in his late 50’s, and is the personal product
of many generations of winemaking, but he is far from a
traditionalist. While Ivan speaks no English, his enthusiastic love
of life and winemaking are clear when in his presence.