The story of the particularities of Istria draws its roots from the distant past where many global powers recognised its benefits for the development of agricultural cultures, and amongst them both wine and oil. In the 19th century in the direct vicinity of the largest Austro-Hungarian fortress, in the area of Brijuni, a beautiful building was constructed from white Istrian stone, and it was used as a place where officers and their guests rested and socialised with a glass of wine and excellent Istrian delicacies. This beautiful building is called Stancija Meneghetti.
They currently own ten hectares of vineyards arranged around the stancija (“estate”) at Val Gambalera in Bale, and at the Kršin-Ferne site near to Buje, and when the planting is finished they will have 25 hectares of vineyards available. The specifications of the red Istrian earth are the minerality and wealth of iron due to which it is excellent for the cultivation of red grapes. Unlike the red earth, the white earth, due to its high clay content, is suitable for the white sorts of grapes.
The development of the estate and its rise began in 2001 when it was taken over and renovated by Romana and Miroslav Plišo, and they planted new olive trees and grapevines. In 2010, Goran Hanžek joined them, as well as the world-renowned oenologist Walter Filiputti. Today it is one of the unmissable wine and gastronomic destinations where guests, apart from good wines and excellent food, can also enjoy the wine hotel, guided tours of the vineyards and winery, plus talks about the wines and unmissable product tastings.
Contact number 052/528-800
Working hours: Sightseeing and wine tasting with prior announcement.
Address Stancija Meneghetti 1; 52 211 Bale