Goče is a village on the Southern ridges of Upper Vipava Valley, dominated by its St. Andrew church (17th century) and surrounded by vineyards. The old part of the village originates from 14th century and village layout changed little since early 19th century or even earlier. Houses are built of local stone and many remain unplastered. The stone-cut entry to the graveyard and the chapel of Holy Sepulchre (1668) are worth mentioning.
The old part of the village is protected as heritage site. Old houses date from 17th-19th century. Perched on the Obelunec hill above the village is St. Mary church, offering a perfect view of Goče and Upper Vipava Valley with Mt. Nanos.
The most amazing treasure of Goče (architecturally and otherwise) however lies beneath your feet. Hidden before the sun and wind, the wine cellars – carefully built from the local stone and featuring vaulted ceilings – store the village’s precious liquid. The sheer number of the wine cellars is amazing; during the heyday, each winemaker operated two, three or more cellars!
Around sixty cellars survived until today, some of them ancient and as yet unilluminated by electric light. The wine is stored in wooden barrels and left to age almost identically to centuries ago. Wine tastings in such a setting make for a remarkable experience that is hard to put into words.
Several wine cellars can be visited in different parts of the village but owners prefer to be called in advance if you wish to visit. These cellars are: Fajdigov hram (hram = wine cellar), Ferjančič farm, Furlan farm, Povh wines and Cejkotova domačija.
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