At the Dveri-Pax Wine Cellar in North-Eastern Slovenia, we continue an 800-year tradition of Benedictine winemaking.
At the Dveri-Pax winery in northeastern Slovenia, we are continuing the 800-year-old winemaking tradition of the Admont Benedictine monks - with great respect for nature and a keen sense for trends. Our vineyards cover 73 hectares, and the vintners work with a great respect for nature and tradition as well as a keen sense of trends.
The Dveri-Pax Estate is located in the Podravje wine region – Štajerska district, Slovenia. Our vines grow on the best ground:
→ Železne dveri
→ Nunska graba
Between 1130-1135, the estate around Jarenina Manor was donated to the Church by the nobleman Rudolf Wittenswald. By the bishop Konrad I. from Salzburg, the property was then assigned to the Benedictine monastery at Admont. In the following centuries, the property expanded through purchases and donations. The Benedictine order also received possession of the vineyards at Železne dveri and Kapela. In the year 1300, the abbot Engelbert from Admont bought the vineyard at Železne dveri from Lube Valb, a bourgeois from Radgona. The wine was produced by the Benedictines and driven to Austria on the carts by the Admont monasteries peasants. Written sources indicate that the monastery vineyards were diligently cultivated and that the monks were skilful winemakers. The governors of the vineyards received written instructions from the monks concerning the management of the vineyards by the peasants or the tenants of the land. Quoting from the instructions (“Instructiones”, which are comprehensive and include 43 points), issued in 1712 by the abbot Anselm Lierzer, to the governor of the Jarenina Manor: “Because the vineyards are of special importance to us, we order the worker to perform his duties with enthusiasm, loyalty and diligence, to ensure that the work is done properly and in time, that the first pruning of the vine and hoeing of the soil is done in his [the governors] presence, with particular care and effort; namely these two tasks should not be delayed, this would cause huge damage to the harvest; the vine also should not be lashed prematurely or in wet weather.
Vineyard laws originated in Europe as early as the 13th century and were recorded in the law book “Gorske bukve”. The regulations therein governed the relationships between the vineyard owners and the agricultural workers who cultivated these vineyards. A vineyard that was created in the place of cleared forests was called “mountain”. The oldest surviving law on vineyard law, Gorske bukve, was mainly used in the German-speaking lands. All mountain regulations in Styria were issued between Easter and Pentecost.
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