The Benedictine monks from Admont Abbey, across the border from Graz in Austria, have been producing wine in today's Slovenia since 1139. The name derives from the Slovenian for door (dveri) and the Latin word for peace (pax).
When Slovenia regained independence, they were able to reclaim and rebuild their old vineyards from 2001 onwards, investing considerable amounts of effort and money because the monks take an enviably long-term view and have good resources. A spanking new cellar was completed in 2007.
The estate is 320 hectares in size with 40 of those under vine currently Winemaker Danilo Flakus followed Erich Krutzler (married to Elin Pichler of the top Austrian estate FX Pichler) who helped to establish the Dveri Pax reputation for excellent wines from its foundation, first as a consultant and then as manager and winemaker.