In the realm of American wines, where tradition meets innovation, one brand stands out as a true testament to the art of viticulture and winemaking – Plateis Wines, founded by Beno Puntnar. With a rich heritage spanning 250 years, Plateis Wines has become a symbol of quality, craftsmanship, and dedication to producing exceptional wines. Recently, the brand achieved a remarkable milestone by winning two Gold Medal Awards at the prestigious America Awards 2023, hosted by americawinespaper.com.
The America Awards 2023 witnessed Plateis Wines’ triumph with two of its finest creations: the Plateis Sauvignon 2021 and the Plateis Riesling 2019. These exceptional wines were awarded Gold Medals, a recognition that truly highlights the brand’s commitment to excellence and innovation in winemaking.
The roots of Plateis Wines reach back to a time when French monks nurtured the vineyards that now grace this estate. This historical connection is evident in the intricate wooden ceiling of the central house, bearing a meticulously carved date: 1743. This legacy of dedication to the vineyard sets the foundation for the brand’s exceptional wines and practices.
Plateis Wines boasts 8 hectares of meticulously cultivated vineyards, nestled in the enchanting landscape of Slovenske Gorice. This unique region, characterized by low ridges and river valleys, is part of the former basin of the Pannonian Sea. The geology of the area, comprising Neogene marine sediments, contributes to the distinctiveness of the wines produced here.
The vineyards are divided into two hills, with a transitional Pannonian continental climate that plays a pivotal role in shaping the character of the grapes. The temperature variations between slopes and valleys influence the selection of cultivated plants. With an annual precipitation of 900-1000mm, Plateis Wines benefits from a microclimate that fosters grape production. Sun-kissed slopes and regular breezes contribute to the health and quality of the vines, naturally protecting them from diseases.
Plateis Wines cultivates a range of grape varieties across its vineyards, each with its unique charm and character. Varieties such as Pinot Noir, Rhenish Riesling, Laški Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Kerner, Muscat Ottonel, and Zeleni Silvanec thrive in the marl and loam soils of the estate. Meanwhile, the south-facing hills are home to Yellow Muscat, Traminec, Kerner, and Sauvignon grapes, reflecting the diverse terroir.
The evolution of Plateis Wines traces its lineage back to the former Plateis winery. In 1989, the brand underwent a transformation, focusing exclusively on viticulture and reinvigorating the vineyards. This evolution led to the cultivation of 8 hectares of premium grape varieties. Taking control of the entire winemaking process, Plateis Wines has committed to aging and bottling its wines in-house, ensuring that every bottle is a testament to their unwavering dedication to excellence.
With a legacy that spans centuries and a dedication to crafting exceptional wines, Plateis Wines and Beno Puntnar have rightfully claimed their place in the heart of the American beverage market. The recent Gold Medal Awards for the Plateis Sauvignon 2021 and Plateis Riesling 2019 at the America Awards 2023 only solidify their reputation as pioneers of quality and innovation.
For those seeking an authentic taste of tradition and innovation intertwined in each sip, Plateis Wines is more than a brand – it’s a journey through time, terroir, and taste, encapsulating the essence of American winemaking at its finest.
Visit the official Plateis Wines website to explore their remarkable range and be a part of their legacy in every bottle.