Slovenia’s Sparkling Wine Bjana Enters the World Elite
Bjana is an elite brand of Slovene sparkling wines. It has long been a hallmark of any restaurant in Slovenia. The Bjana brand wines have been recently worthy of competing with champagne wines.
A refined aroma, hissing bubbles, noble creamy shade, elegance and freshness are the true qualities of Bjana. Many prefer the Bjana brut sparkling wine of the Chardonnay and Rebola sorts, which has been stored for at least two years as well as the brut rose wine, which is a hallmark of the Sirk’s family wine cellar.
Sparkling wine of the Sirk cellar received two platinum awards at the international Decanter tasting event (in 2015 and 2017) with 95 points out of 100 possible. This year, at the Decanter spring tasting event in London, the sparkling wine based on Pinot Noir with the addition of Rebola for freshness has received another platinum award. The same achievement this year belongs only to the famous champagne Taittinger (France), which price ranges from 110 to 260 euros per bottle. For comparison, the importer of Bjana wines Merit sells brut rose for just 21 euros.
According to Gregor Fric, the Head of the Merit beverage production program, such awards improve the reputation of wine in the opinion of buyers. Last year, the sales of Bjana wines grew by 30%, and this year—by 20%.
“For us, such rewards are rather a psychological factor. They increase our self-awareness, confirm that we are on the right track,” a winemaker Miran Sirk says commenting on his collection of Decanter medals: bronze (88 points) for the cuvee prestige wine, silver (90 points) for the brut zero, gold (95 points) for the brut and previously mentioned platinum (95 points) for the brut rose. All four samples and all four types of Bjana sparkling wines sent to the contest received prestigious awards.