There’s no standard in Nature, just Art, as in wine

What drives a person to engage in an almost impossible mission like that of recovering a ruin felt hopeless by all? This is the question that more often than not I ask myself. Madness, dream, unconscious determination, desire to get myself into the game, hope of gaining something… The answer is neither immediate nor logical, being the motivation strongly rooted in the personal emotional sphere.

It is an act of love for my family, for my origins, for the place where I was born: VrhSan Michele del Carso.

Love that manifests itself in aspiration to lusting to valorize this harsh and inhospitable land but rich at the same time in its geological uniqueness, natural morphology. Even though it is held geographically and politically as marginal, more than a frontier, it has always been an area of passage, witnessing terrible war events that involved the main powers throughout various historical periods, but above all natural crossroads of movements of different cultures, languages ​​and ethnicities. This could explain, for example, why Primož Trubar had chosen this area for its “reformist” predictions. The Castello di Rubbia participates often as the protagonist of every major event, almost a symbol of historical memory for the local people. To lose it means to renounce to our past and above all, to ignore the important warnings coming from history by forgetting the tragic and the unfortunate human and social consequences that countless wars have caused.

This is why the reconstruction takes nowadays the value of a message of peace, of unity in this Europe of different peoples striving to find a common entity and soul.

Venceslav Černic – May 15, 2014

A travel in time for understanding who we are, for feeling the Carso in all its rustic splendor,
and for transmitting to the new generations the value of their true identity.

Cadenza d’inganno 2011

As a musical chord sequence that finishes unpredictable,
so is wine conveying the mystery of life.

“I love white wine, always trying to imagine how could be the harvest of Ramandolo. I believe Istrian Malvasia can also be a great passito. In the summer of 2011 Malvasia’s berries were attacked by botrytis, the noble rot par excellence. It happens often with our Leonard wine. This time we let dry a small part of the vines in the vineyard, Malvasia Punta is the vineyard facing northeast, losing almost 70% of the total. We brought into the cellar a small quantity of little, beautiful grapes. That year, maceration and fermentation were for me a lifetime lesson.
We decided to cool the must to the temperature of -2°, and I was excited, very much when I saw, very slowly, the fermentation kept going. In the cellar, delicious amazing perfumes scattered around. The yeasts wanted to survive, and I was contemplating that immense force, the force of life. I had never had any wine given me such emotions. I remember that Sunday, when at noon the bells of the church sung we interrupted the cooling, leaving the wine to reach its own destiny. The fermentation lasted for months, it seemed to never end… the air was full of strange aromas… but you lay there, positive, as you do not perceive volatile acidity surrounding you. This impelled me to stay calm. In the meantime, the malolactic fermentation also started, Mother Nature at work, and I did not to interfere.
When the fermentation stopped, the sugar residue was too low for a passito. The wine came into the light, somehow it was mine, and I had to give it a name: Cadenza d’Inganno (Cadence of Deception) was my immediate thought; there could be no other, a name linked to music. A chord sequence that deflects the end of a sentence, lyrically, making you continue to… something, one does not want to finish yet, because it is too beautiful, almost perpetual. I thought: “It cannot be so! It’s wrong!” Soon after: “Why not?” It happens in music, in wine, and in life. Discovering this wine, accepting its deviations, lifted me to a small distance from eternity.”
Nataša Černic – 8 March 2015

The Černic family is pleased
to invite you
to discover The Carso!

Mon, Wed and Fri from 5 to 7 pm.
Sat from 11 am to 1 pm, from 3 to 6 pm.
Sun upon reservation.

Information and reservations:
+39 349 79 57 889 –


We have created customized tour packages with guided visits to the Castello di Rubbia, the vineyard, the monumental area of Monte San Michele with its gunned fortifications of the Great War, the World War II Monument, the Cold War Bunkers and the Natural Carso Cave.

We also have an ample GOURMET OFFER (click here to know more) with visits to the cellar for wine and Carso products tastings (lunches, dinners, private parties on reservation). Space is also available for conferences, exhibitions and concerts.

+39 0481 067616 – mob. +39 349 79 57 889 –

Video Introduction to Castello di Rubbia