About us

Laureate imports company

Laureate Imports Company was established in 1979 as a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Trading Company.

Its original mission was to generate counter-trade benefits for The Coca-Cola Company in several European Countries where Coca-Cola was expanding business. Laureate imported wines to the United States Market and portions of the hard currency generated were used in the host countries to buy ingredients to further the soft drink business there.

In 1991, Coca-Cola sold Laureate Imports Company to a major wine supplier at that time in Slovenia named Slovenijavino. In 2000, Slovenijavino’s trademarked wines were acquired by the very well known and highly regarded winery, Klet  Brda in Dobrovo on the Italian border.

Avia Wines, a nationally known and successful line of varietal wines, continues to be marketed by Laureate Imports Company in the United States under the ownership of Klet Brda Wine Cellar.

 

Klet Brda Winery

The Klet Brda winery is the leading producer and exporter of Slovenian bottled wine.

Renowned for its distinctive style and appreciated by wine lovers in Slovenia and 26 countries around the world.

The winery unites 400 families, who have been working together for over fifty years and have turned local wine making into a success story.

Our mission is to capture in our wines the uniqueness of the Brda terroir and use effective marketing to contribute to the development of the region and the prosperity of the local population.

The guiding principle in our day-to-day activities is a deep respect for nature and its cycles, as we believe that superior quality is born in the vineyard.

Winery Klet Brda

Our roots

Since the Roman times

Up to the end of World War II, when the Brda hills were split in two by the border between Yugoslavia and Italy, this area had known a special type of feudalism called the colonate system. Peasants had cultivated small patches of land, and wine had only been produced by 17 local castles, owned by foreign nobility.The Goriška Brda Wine Cellar was established in 1957 as a cooperative, which is still fully owned by local wine growers. We cellar their wine, market it in Slovenia and abroad and advise them about vineyard-related work.The wine cellar has co-shaped the economic development and the quality of life in Brda since the very beginning.

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Brda

The Place We Call Home

Brda is the enchanting westernmost region of Slovenia, nestled halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.Its rolling hills, stretching from the emerald Soča River to Friuli in Italy, are dotted with houses and farms. The pleasant Mediterranean climate has created a perfect sanctuary for top-quality wines, luscious fruit and delectable olive oil. The tumultuous past, marked with fighting and friendships among the peoples of Central Europe, has profoundly co-shaped the equally lively and leisurely pace of life in Brda villages, where everything happens within the family circle and in harmony with visitors.

Brda, land of invigorating moments, all year round!

 

Our Vineyards

The “Goriska Brda” Wine Cellar manages 1200 hectares of vineyards in the Goriska Brda region.

The largest share of vineyards is planted with the indigenous Brda variety Ribolla Gialla (27%) which is followed by Merlot (20%), Chardonnay (16%) and Sauvignonasse, formerly known as Tocai Friulano (12%).

In addition to the above-mentioned varieties the vineyards are planted with Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and the indigenous Pikolit and Verduc.

On average a winegrower cultivates a little less than 2 ha of vineyards. Consequently, he pays a lot of attention to the care of vines, which is reflected in the excellent quality of grapes and wine.

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Social responsibility

Responsibility towards nature, territory, wine and people.

In our vineyards birds nest. Mother Nature is indeed our greatest ally. Our vineyards are cultivated according to the principles of integrated production of grapes. The vast majority of viticulture practices are done manually, with great attention to natural cycles and respect for their characteristics. Maintaining a clean and healthy environment is for us, living and working with nature, of quintessential importance.
The agronomists of Klet Brda winery engage with our wine growers on a daily basis

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Responsibility towards NATURE

In our vineyards birds nest. Mother Nature is indeed our greatest ally. Our vineyards are cultivated according to the principles of integrated production of grapes. The vast majority of viticulture practices are done manually, with great attention to natural cycles and respect for their characteristics. Maintaining a clean and healthy environment is for us, living and working with nature, of quintessential importance.

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Responsibility towards the TERRITORY

We preserve viticulture in Brda in all its authenticity – among the vineyards grow fruit, olive and other trees. Thus, the cultural landscape remains varied and very hospitable. Traditional know-how is passed from fathers to sons, which secures jobs in the countryside and stimulates intergenerational cooperation.

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Responsibility towards WINE and PEOPLE

Wine is part of our diet, our culture and our history. It is nevertheless an alcoholic beverage and should be enjoyed responsibly. As one of the largest wine cellars in the region, we actively promote RESPONSIBLE wine drinking.

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AWARDS

Chardonnay du monde (France)

Year of Competition Wine Vintage Type of Award
2015 Bagueri Chardonnay 2011 Silver Medal
2016 Bagueri Chardonnay 2012 Gold medal


Concours mondial, Bruxelles

Year of Competition Wine Vintage
2015

Merlot Bagueri

Cab. sauvignon Bagueri

Chardonnay Bagueri

2011

2011

2011

gold medal

gold medal

silver medal

2016

Ribolla Gialla Bagueri

2012 silver medal


Japan Wine Challange

Year of Competition Wine Vintage Type of Award
2012 Bagueri Merlot
Bagueri Chardonnay
2007
2009
Silver Medal
Bronze Medal


Finger Lakes International Wine Competition – USA

Year of Competition Wine Vintage Type of Award
2015

Colliano rebula

Colliano cuvee red

Colliano cuvee white

2013

2012

2013

gold medal

silver medal

silver medal


WSWA Las Vegas – USA

Year of Competition Wine Vintage Type of Award
2015

Colliano red

Bagueri Chardonnay

Colliano sauvignonasse

Colliano cuvee white

2013

2009

2013

2013

double gold medal  – best wine in all categories

gold medal

silver medal

silver medal

 

2016 avia pinot grigio 2015 double gold – best pinot grigio
colliano peneca rebula 2014 gold
colliano cuvee red 2013 silver
colliano ribolla gialla 2013 silver
quercus pinot grigio 2014 silver
bagueri chardonnay 2011 silver
avia merlot 2013 silver

 

Galician Wine Festival  – Poland

Year of Competition Wine Vintage Type of Award
2015 Bagueri Merlot 2011 Gold medal
2016 Bagueri Merlot 2012 Gold medal
Cabernet sauvignon quercus 2013 gold medal

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Year of assessment Wine Vintage Type of Award
2016 Colliano Ribolla Gialla 2013 90 points, BEST BUY
Bagueri Chardonnay 2011 89
Colliano Cuvee White 2013 89
Colliano Peneca rebula 2012 88
Colliano Cuvee red 2012 88
Avia Chardonnay 2014 87, BEST BUY
Avia Pinot Grigio 2014 86, BEST BUY
Avia Pinot Noir 2014    85, BEST BUY

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A few facts about us

  • 40+ years of business history
  • importer of premium European wines
  • representing the biggest Slovenian winery Klet Brda