The Atelier Kramar Primario is produced by Katja and Matjaz, a husband and wife team who made their living as artists for many years (her as a painter, him as a sculptor) before building their dream ‘atelier’ on top of a beautiful hill in Brda, Slovenia 15 years ago. They happened to have vines on their property and were surrounded by winemakers and slowly fell into winemaking, something which they have switched to doing full time over the last five or so years.
Viticulture here follows organic principles and the winemaking is very hands-off – the only addition is a little bit of SO2 during winemaking. They do tend to go for full expressions of their white grapes and hence always do a bit of skin contact (3 days) for more aromatic intensity as well as the fuller texture on the palate, with fantastic balance.
The Atelier Kramar Primario has aromas of pears, apricots, and sweet spices. On the palate a very elegant expression of the Rebula grape. Nice tannin structure but well integrated with enough fruit concentration and acidity to make this one of the best examples of an orange wine that we’ve tried. We particularly love the slightly briny, saline finish.