Through the times

The Family

In 1847, Mihael and Carolina Jakončič gave new birth to their winery. They planted their first compact vineyard in Kozana and with this deed, consciously or not, chose the path for their winery. They wanted to expand the assortment of products as they felt that the winemaking of Goriška brda was becoming a profitable activity. New roads and new railways were built, and new markets were being opened. At that time nobody suspected that vineyards would be attacked by phylloxera. Wars followed that pushed the family into difficult life conditions.

By using vine slips they managed to mitigate the shortfall, and a lot of ideas were needed so that they could continuously adjust to new markets as each war was followed by a truce and new divisions of state territories. Brda was a part of Austria-Hungary, Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia, Slovenia, and so on. A son was rarely able to sell his products to the same buyer as his father, notes with the names of the best buyers could only be used for few years, or in best cases, a few decades.

Order from 1939 - EnvelopeOrder from 1939 - Letter











Love for the soil has carried on from generation to generation, and has helped us to survive as a winery and a family.

Igor Jakončič says:

“I took the winery over from my mother Sofia who took care for it since 1945 as a widow with three small children. Later, my wife Danica and me saw a possibility of a broader breakthrough into the world of wine, in particular with boutique wines. A great desire to produce high quality wines propelled both sons to study at university –in winemaking and viticulture. 

We received the most prestigious medals and awards from international wine competitions at home and abroad. Each prestigious medal was also our inspiration. We knew that our chosen path was the right one. Today, I see that the road never ends; every vintage is a new beginning, a new test, a new challenge and I am awaiting for each harvest with fear and excitement like when I had to go to school for the first time. This is the charm of our life. 

I think experiences in winegrowing and winemaking skills, pervaded by the continuous search for perfection, are a dowry from which we take, and at the same time it is improved by each new generation.