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A walk through Vinakoper's history

1947 - 1950

  • The company - VINO, veletrgovina z alkoholnimi in brezalkoholnimi pijačami d.z.o.z., is established and registered before the Postojna District Court; the main cellar was located in the tunnels under Belvedere in Koper.
  • The Istria's District People's Committee issues the building permit for the construction of the new cellar with the capacity of 300 railway cars, 170 for red wines and 130 for white wines. The project is managed by Prof. Milan Veselič, the Head of Department for Wine at the Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana.
  • The first processing of grapes begins.

    1951 - 1955

    • A new cellar at today's location is opened.
    • The largest oak barrel in Europe with the capacity of 41,427 litres is placed in the cellar.
    • The company gets a new corporate name: VINO-KOPER, veletrgovina z alkoholnimi in brezalkoholnimi pijačami (in English: wholesale in alcohol and non-alcohol beverages) The bottling  of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Refosco and Malvasia wines begins.  Owing to high demand, the bottling facility is equipped with the most modern bottle filling line produced by the German company Seitz, which is the second such line produced in Europe.

    1956 - 1960

    • Vinakoper's first filling of wine in 2L bottles
    • The first labels for Refošk, which we exported also to Trieste
    • For export we also fill Cabernet wine


    • Wine is exported to Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland. 

    1971 – 1980

    • The second largest expansion of vineyards in the following locations: Šantomi, Škocjan, Baredi, Debeli rtič and at Purissima.
    • Vinakoper's Merlot receives the CHAMPION award at the oldest International Wine Competition in Ljubljana. 

    1981 - 1990

    • An independent company is established: VINAKOPER
    • We received the gold medal for Merlot

    1991 - 1995

    • At the International Fair of Agriculture and Food in Gornja Radgona, Capris Red 1989,  receives the first award: the CHAMPION and the WINNER OF THE VARIETY.
    • At the international wine competition . Challenge International du Vin (Bourg, France), Vinakoper's Pinot Gris is awarded with the gold medal.
    • Launching the brand of Izbrane lege (in English: Selected locations) and the most famous Chardonnay from the vineyard of Ricorvo and Labor
    • Intoroduced for the first time - Capris Beli (White) and Capris Rdeči (Red)
    • We send on the market the first Malvasia late harvest from the vineyard of Labor

    1996 – 2000

    • The tradition of the famous sweet Muscato wine is revived and the first bottles are filled with sparkling wine.  
    • Sustainable wine growing and restructuring of vineyards 
    • A new winery is opened, together with a new wine shop, located at today's location. 
    • The beginning of wine ageing by means of barrique technology in 225-litre oak barrels. The development of the most prestigious product group of Vinakoper  - Capo d'Istria.
    • The first charity auction of barrique wines produced by Vinakoper is held. 
    • According to the quantity of hectolitres produced, Vinakoper becomes the largest Slovenian wine producer. 

    2001 - 2005

    • A new collection of top-quality wines holding the Capris  brand is presented in the market. This line of wines is  dedicated to gastronomy and culinary art.   
    • The Refosco Capo d'Istria, the vintage of 1999, is awarded with the title "the Champion of Red Wines"at the Ljubljana Wine Competition.

    2006 - 2010

    • The Capris Noble White wine is awarded  91 points by WINE SPECTATER, the famous magazine, which praises it as exceptional wine  with top-class character and harmonious style.
    • The shop and the wine-tasting facility, the House of Refosco, is opened, dedicated to Refosco, the king among red wines. 
    • Capris Merlot, the vintage of 2005, becomes the Champion at the wine competition Mondial du Merlot in Lugano,Switzerland. 
    • The first wine from the collection of Istrian Rubies wines is presented.
    • The Sweet Moscato is enlisted on Top 10 Muscato Wines at the wine competition Muscats du Monde in France.

    2010 - 2015

    • The Treasury of the Istrian Rubies is opened. 
    • Launching Wineacademy Vinakoper - an interesting way to learn about wine
    • Presented three new Istrian Rubins: Refošk 2011, Red cuvee’ 2011, Malvazija 2012
    • We develop new brands Rex and Purissima for foreign markets