Unforgettable flavors, a rich tradition, exceptional vineyard locations—attributes that the Romans already knew 2000 years ago—are combined with superior and state-of-the-art technology, as well as exceptional knowledge in the field of vine cultivation and wine production. All this and more is hidden in the flavors and aromas of the oldest and most awarded wine cellar in Slovenia, which also boasts the most famous collection of archival wines in the entire region.
The Ptuj wine cellar is a modern and recognizable winery, rooted in the tradition of its environment, yet simultaneously open to embracing the challenges of the global world.
We produce wines of the highest quality, embodying the beauty of the broader region of Ptuj, Štajerska, and Slovenia, as well as the delightful flavors of Haloze and Slovenske gorice.
Our objective is to become the most successful and renowned producer of high-quality Slovenian wines.
Our work and creation are based on the awareness that we can only strive for perfection with complete dedication, passion, and love.
The Ptuj wine cellar is intricately intertwined with the local environment and its people. We firmly believe in the exceptional quality of our wine-growing region, the unwavering dedication of our warm-hearted winegrowers, and the unparalleled expertise of our cellarmen. Our foundation is rooted in two thousand years of passion and devotion to the art of winemaking, which has shaped the growth of our lands.
The grapes ripen in the famous locations of the wine-growing district of Štajerska Slovenia, specifically in the sub-environments of Haloze and Srednje Slovenske gorice. The vineyards are spread over 300 hectares of steep and mostly terraced slopes on the left and right banks of the Drava River and reach an altitude of 400 meters above sea level. The varied terrain is mainly dominated by gravel and clay, while the lower layers are covered with a layer of marl. Freshness and fertility place the region at the very top of the world's most suitable areas for viticulture.
Our wines, with the fingerprint of the Štajerska Slovenija landscape, convince even the most demanding wine connoisseurs. This is confirmed by hundreds of awards and medals received at prestigious international wine competitions such as Decanter, AWC Vienna, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Mundus Vini, SFWC San Francisco, Finger Lakes, and more.
|Year 69||First written mention of the city of Ptuj / Poetovio; archaeological discoveries of Roman amphorae and other wine vessels reveal that the culture of drinking wine was developed in this area very early on.|
|6th century||The area is inhabited by Slavs who had no experience with wine.|
|8th century||The Franks conquer the city and revive winemaking.|
|977- 1555||The town with vineyards is owned by the archbishops of Salzburg, later the provincial prince; both are wine lovers and trained cellarmen.|
|12th century||The lords of Ptuj acquire feudal ownership over the Ormoška Gorica and the central and eastern Haloze, leading to the flourishing of viticulture.|
|1239||Symbolic beginning of Ptuj winemaking; by establishing a monastery in the city center, the Minorites also built a wine cellar under the monastery; soon they start constructing other larger wineries nearby.|
|1376||The Ptuj city statute regulates viticulture with seven articles, testifying to the importance of wine for the city; in 1519, six more articles related to wine were added to the statute.|
|Around 1700||The town experiences several fires, causing setbacks in the development of Ptuj and viticulture.|
|19th century||More influential bourgeois families join the wine industry with their cellars; the Fürst and Ornig families establish themselves, introducing modern grafted varieties into the vineyards of the Ptuj area and reviving viticulture in the wider Ptuj area and the wine trade.|
|1853||The Ornig family business is founded; soon, under the leadership of Josef Ornig, they establish a wine archive, which remains part of the Ptuj cellar's treasury.|
|1878||The first wine fair takes place in Ptuj, where Ptuj winegrowers present their wines to local and foreign buyers.|
|World War II||Pavel Ornig builds an archive cellar and partially protects it from wartime predators, along with the oldest Slovenian archive wine - Zlato trto 1917.|
|1945–1950||The cellar manages the Republic of Slovenia's agricultural economy; it houses the largest bottling plant in Slovenia with a capacity of 4,500 bottles per hour.|
|1962–1991||The cellar becomes part of the Ptuj Agricultural Association; this period is marked by major renovations of the vineyards, a thorough renovation of the cellar, and the development of the Haložan brand. They also venture into tourism.|
|1992 – 2000||The first years after independence were organizationally and financially demanding; with independence, the winery loses a significant portion of the market and has to restructure and shift to other markets.|
|2000||The winery introduces its first sparkling wine, named Petoviona.|
|2002||The Ptuj Agricultural Association is taken over by Perutnina Ptuj; under their ownership, the winery adopts its current name, Ptujska klet.|
|2007||The renovation of the wine cellar and a complete overhaul of the winery's overall graphic image begin; the new brands Pullus and Pinky Chick are created.|
|2021||The majority ownership of the Ptuj wine cellar is acquired by Pullus Wines, a company founded by executives of Ptuj wine cellar.|
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