The winery is located on the top of the Kogl Mountain, above the village of Velika Nedelja in Podravje, in the northeastern corner of Slovenia. A colorful world of terraced vineyards, peaceful valleys and furrowed fields.
The 1,000 ft elevation affords beautiful views of the region, all the way to Croatia, Austria and even Hungary on a clear day. The area was once part of an ancient sea floor, and the soils that were left behind are mineral-rich and free-draining (sandy clay over marl and lime sandstone), ideal for viticulture. The climate is continental with Alpine influences and enjoys a wide temperature fluctuation between hot days and cool nights.
Kogl gives its name both to the winery and the vineyard located on the slopes of the mountain. The Kogl vineyard has been documented to give grapes at least since 1542. Franci has been making wine for over 30 years. He uses only grapes from his 7 Ha vineyard. Rows are grassed over and grapes are hand-harvested.
In addition to carefully crafting wines, the Cvetko family is committed to supporting Slovenian artists. "For 17 years they have come and live with us for a couple of weeks in June. They're working on what they want to do. Their art. It is not money related, they don't pay for anything. I say it is just for his soul. For our soul. For the soul of our house. We have two times a year a bigger event when we have theater. That is the first Saturday in June. And the first Saturday in September we have a concert and an exhibition of art, photographs and paintings."