History of wine making in Lavrenčič family goes a long way back. By stories of some family elders, tradition was born around 150 years ago. Evidence that still exist and which has engraved year of manufacture, are restored old wooden barrel doors, from the year 1913. It all started in Vrhpolje at homestead of Lavrenčič family, when Anton Lavrenčič (great-grandfather of Bojan Lavrenčič) started to produce wines from varieties of Rebula, Pinela and Malvazija in big wooden barrels, mostly for family use.
Quantities of wine weren’t that big but still big and good enough to attract Anton Lavrenčič II (son of Anton Lavrenčič I and Bojan’s grandfather) to continue the family tradition of wine making. He has extended the vineyards up to 10.000 vines and together with the family started to breed very quality vine grafts (5000 per year) that were later sold all over the Slovenia.
In the second half of 20 century Anton Lavrencic III (Bojan’s father) took over the work on the homestead and extended the vineyard for a little, up to 13.000 vines with two new kinds, Zelen and Merlot. It was one of the first Merlots in Vipava valley. And so tradition continued through the years until Bojan Lavrenčič took over a heritage of three Antons and decided to start a whole new story on the legacy of his ancestors.
Photo: Lavrenčič family around year 1950. There are two of three Antons on this picture. Father (second man with young kid from right to left) and the youngest Anton (first from right to left).