Welcome to another episode of On The Road Special Edition hosted by Stevie Kim. Today she interviews Caroline Gilby in Brda, Slovenia!
Stevie has traveled here to take part in the Masterclass “Grand Vertical Tasting of the Finest Rebula Wines”. Since there were plenty of wine producers, influencers, writers and educators present at the event, Stevie was able to sit down with several fascinating characters to get their take on wine and culture in this region!
More about Caroline Gilby MW
Caroline Gilby MW is a freelance writer and consultant, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. Among others, she currently contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, The Oxford Companion to Wine, and the World Atlas of Wine, and has previously written for Dorling Kindersley’s Wines of the World, The Wine Opus, and Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report. Prior to her career as a writer, Gilby spent seven years as a senior wine buyer at Augustus Barnet off-licences, where she became the first major buyer to import Hungarian wines to the UK. She initially studied plant biology, in which she holds a doctorate, but abandoned life behind the microscope for a career in wine soon after winning the Decanter-Macallan Malt Whisky Taster of the Year Award while still a student. Gilby passed her MW in 1992 and has been visiting and tasting the wines of Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania for over 20 years.
Byrda is the home of Rebula aka Ribolla Gialla!
Brda has been home to Rebula since the Middle Ages and records show that right here, on the terraces carved from the “opoka” soil, where the Alpine and Mediterranean climates meet, the deal conditions exist for this grape variety to thrive. This mix of unique terroir combined with a grape variety with deep historical roots in the area produces authentic and expressive wines wiht a distinctive mineral character. Combining an original and modern approach to vinification with the experience of past generations; the ambitious winemakers of Brda make wines from Rebula which are imbued with a special quality, unique to this region.
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