Straddling the border of Italy and Slovenia, Movia is in the heart of the Collio. However, the winery is actually located on the Slovenian side of the border and as such is designated the appellation “Brda” (Slovenian for “Collio”). The Movia estate has been making wine for over three centuries and was purchased by the Kristančič family in 1820. It is difficult to summarize the importance of this estate and the work being done by current winemaker Aleš Kristančič. It was Aleš’ grandfather who, in a desire to save the legacy of family winemaking, convinced Tito to allow them not to sell their grapes to the co-op (as was mandated by the dictator himself) but rather to make wines and use them as the official wine of state.
Aleš, who studied oenology at the University of Padua, is a proponent of natural and biodynamic winemaking. However, his vinification and viticultural philosophy cannot be construed as solely traditional or even purely natural; rather, it is a reflection of a collective wisdom acquired and refined over two centuries of winemaking at the Movia estate as well as formal, modern training. Aleš uses extraordinarily long maceration (years in some cases) in old Slovenian oak with no stirring. Racking is never performed, and the fining and filtering procedures are governed by the atmospheric pressure incurred by the arrival of the new moon. Movia’s wines are unparalleled in authenticity and unmatched in their purity of expression.