Bizeljsko, Bassa Stiria
Keltis is the agricultural project of the Kelhar family, which has been working these lands for more than two centuries. We are in the small village of Bizeljsko in lower Styria, in the southeastern part of Slovenia very close to the border with Croatia. The Kelhar farm has always had a polycultural vocation with the raising of cows, fruit trees, vegetable garden and since the late 1980s with a renewed push into viticulture with the first bottled Keltis wines in 1989.
Today the winery is run by Marijan, who together with his wife Ana manages the 22 hectares of the estate, with 5 hectares of vines and 12 hectares of forest from which they get the wood for the barrels in the cellar.
A polycultural farm in the far east of Slovenia
The farm has been certified organic since 2009 and has been conducting vineyards with biodynamic practices since 2019 and Demeter certification since 2022. Ten different varieties are grown for the production of mostly white and sparkling wines from Muscat, Chardonnay, Romanian Plavec, and Pinot Noir grapes; and 15% red wines from predominantly Merlot and Cabernet grapes although the Zan Red cuvée, which is Keltis' basic red, is made solely from local grape varieties with the beautiful names of: Zametovka, Kraljevina, Blue Franconian, Welchriesling.
The area is particularly suited for viticulture with a temperate climate and marly soils whose minerality is expressed especially in long maceration wines.