Gönc Winery Harvest Moon, 2018, Rabelčja vas, Ptuj, Slovenia
Not all heroes wear capes. They wear black, and grow perms! Some even make wine too! Now that’s what we call heroic… Peter Gönc virtually does all three, and what a winemaker he is. Coming from a marketeering background, he later took over his Dad’s vineyard, and has turned it into one of the most exciting wineries in Europe. He’s a classic rock fan as well, so good tunes playing is essential to his creative process! Far from a one-hit-wonder, the Harvest Moon (named after the Neil Young song, of course) is a single that will have you desperate to hear the rest of the album. A taste so natural and uninhibited, it goes down like cool refreshment in a hot, orange-skied summer evening. Sheer bliss from this Slovenian maestro
Meet one of our hero producers, Peter Gönc. Classic rock marketeer turned winemaking maestro, when he lost his job in the city, Peter went back to his dad's vineyard, working his way up and eventually taking it over. He's a one-man winemaking band and is a massive classic rock fan, which is expressed heavily in his labels as well. When wine meets music, it's always a truly rocking combination in Slovenia, and trust us, when we say there is no winemaking to had in Gönc Winery without some seriously good tunes playing in the background!
BY HUMBLE GRAPE
At Humble Grape, we believe wine is for sharing & that each wine-drinker should be allowed to build their own version of their world wine. We seek out hand-crafted wines made by people with love, & import them directly. Small, family-run producers get the representation they deserve, & customers only pay for the wine they’re drinking, with no agents, importers or distributors. And as they’re made with loving care, all these wines are biodynamic, organic or come from sustainable vineyards. As many of the wines we list are small-batch, our wine list of approx 400 wines is living & updated frequently.
What we bring to the wine drinker is a selection of wines that represent stepping out of the supermarkets, & in return they get to know our “Hero Producers”. Hero producers are winemakers that we import directly & exclusively to the UK. They personally work closely with our staff to keep them train about what is happening in the vineyard & in the winery, & how we can best uphold their ethos. They are all small production, family-run, as well as run biodynamic, organic and/or sustainable farms. They visit us quite often, collaborating in winemaker dinners & guest meet & greets.