White or red, aromatic, strong, rich or light, dry, off-dry or sweet,
table, quality and premium - we're of course talking WINE! Discover your
favourite in Slovenia's three wine-bearing regions!
In Slovenia, there are three
wine-bearing regions: the Littoral, the Drava Valley and the Sava Valley.
Their natural conditions significantly impact the sensory characteristics
of wine. As a result, typical grape varieties are different among the three
wine-bearing regions of Slovenia.
Vipava Valley, Slovene Istria, Gorizia Hills and Karst are famous in particular for red wine – refosco as the
predominant variety, followed by ribulla, merlot, malvasia, chardonnay,
sauvignon, cabernet sauvignon.
Lower Carniola, Bizeljsko-Sremič and White Carniola are famous particularly for red
varieties, žametovka being the most characteristic.
Others include welschriesling, blaufränkisch, kraljevina etc.
Styria and the
Mura Valley may be attributed the most
representative varieties of welschriesling,
furmint, Rhine riesling, chardonnay and pinot blanc.
Select wines from the three of Slovenia's wine-bearing regions with 14
districts are ranked among the top in the world in terms of quality. Each
wine-bearing region boasts its own selection of varieties as a result of the
differences in growing sites, the climate and cellaring. Slovene vineyards are
located in the centre of the European wine belt. These ideal vineyard locations
of the Slovenian wine-bearing regions are not unlike regions such as Burgundy
in France, while the interplay of the climate and soil in Slovenia provides for
the increasing variety in the assortment of wines. In Slovenia, as many as 52
grape varieties are successfully cultivated!
For assistance with the planning of your
viticultural and culinary tour of inns, restaurants, farm stays, wine shops and
cellars, please also contact TIC Piran, Portorož and Izola. They will be happy to
point you in the best direction and help you experience the flavours of the
Slovene Littoral, especially wine.
Ministry of Health warns: Drinking alcohol can be detrimental to health.