Mouthwatering Wine Tasting in Slovenia - Discover where you can find it
We were looking for mouthwatering wine tasting in Slovenia. Discover here, where you can find it. We experienced Malvasia wine and other Slovenian wines in the Vipava Valley in Slovenia and in other wine regions of the country. Green hills invited us to excursions. Winegrowers open their wine cellars for wine lovers. Wine routes entice with beautiful landscapes and restaurants. You can even stay overnight in vineyards. There are many opportunities, to discover and experience Slovenia's wine regions.
Experience Wine in Slovenia
There are three winegrowing regions in Slovenia. These can be divided into 14 smaller centers. The first of these is Primorye in south-western Slovenia. It extends from the coast along the border with Italy to the area around Dobrovo. The other two wine regions of Slovenia border directly on each other. They are located in the east of the country. The Posavje winegrowing region stretches across the Sava river basin to the southeast. The third winegrowing area is Podravje along the river Drava in Styria, Slovenia. We visited two of them on our trip:
The Dolenjska Wine Region - Slovenia Wine Tours
The Dolenjska region belongs to the wine region Posavje. Here rivers like the Krka, Mirna, Kolpa and Lahinja make their way through deep forests. On the slopes of the valley, grapes ripen in the sun. These include grape varieties from Slovenia as well as Welschriesling or Blaufränkisch. (Map)
Staying in a Vineyard
If you like to combine wine tours with experiences, then we have a treat for you. The vineyard chalet Skatlar is one of Slovenia's destinations for wine lovers. Here you can spend your Slovenia holidays in the middle of a vineyard. Imagine waking up in the morning from the chirping of birds and looking at grapevines in front of the house. Sounds tempting, right? They even offer the use of the wine cellar in the house - what more do you want? In summer you can also use the vegetable garden. Tomatoes and peppers grow right on the doorstep. Fruit is available directly from the fruit trees on the premises. (Map)
Simple Vineyard Huts
These are vineyard huts in the hills above Otocec. The cabins are simply equipped. We visit the wine hut of Skatlar. Matjaz Pavlin lovingly restored it. If you are looking for silence and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you will find everything you need here. The vineyard cottages are not luxuriously equipped. They are covered with a straw roof. But they offer everything you need for everyday life. Dishwasher and washing machine are available as well as a massage shower and satellite TV. The furniture reminds me of my grandparents' house. In any case, they offer an experience that is not often found today.
Relax in the Vineyard
Treat yourself to a glass of wine from the cellar in the evening after a day full of experiences. Enjoy the view of the castle of Otocec, the Krka valley and the hills of Gorjanci. All in the privacy of a little house in the vineyard - what more could you want? If you are staying in a cabin for more than three nights, you will be invited to dinner with Slovenia specialties and for wine tasting in the house of Matjaz Pavlin. You will have the opportunity to get to know Slovenian wine, people, their culture, their music and life in the region up close.
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Wine tasting in the Wine House Frelih in Sentrupert
Of course there are winemakers, where you can taste wines. We were at the Wine house Frelih in Sentrupert. Its history began with 1892, when Joseph Frelih moved here. Before that, phylloxera had destroyed the vines in his homeland. He was one of the first to plant vines from America here. These were resistant to the pest. Today, Veronika Frelih is the owner of the winery. She introduces us to her wines from Slovenia. Cvicek, Penina, Sentruperska Penina, Modra Frankinja Barrique, Penina Kappelman and Zeleni Silvaner are just some of them. (Map)
The Primorska Wine Region - Slovenia Wine Tours
The Primorska wine region is located in the southwest of Slovenia. It stretches from the coast along the border to Italy to the north. This makes it easy to reach. The highway connects it quickly with the capital and the sea. (Map)
Vipava, main Town in the Vipava valley
The second wine region of our trip is the Vipava valley. It is part of the Primorska wine region, the coastal region. The Vipava wine we taste differs from those of the Dolenjska region. While there mainly varieties of Slovenian grapes are grown, we encounter grape varieties in the Primorska region, which we know from other wine regions of the world. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling are just as popular as Malvasia and Ribolla. In the Vipava Valley there are also wines such as Zelen and Pinela. (Map)
Wineries and more to experience in the Vipava valley
It was the Romans, who brought the wines to the Vipava valley. Wines were their main crop. The Vipava Valley is only an hour from Ljubljana , the Adriatic, Postojna as well as the border to Austria. This makes it easy to reach. It takes its name from the Vipava River. Moreover, the town is in an environment that impresses with its beauty. The plateaus of Trnovski gozd, Hrusica and Nanos as well as the hills of Vipava border it to the north. In the south, the Vipava hills turn into the Karst region.
Vipava Slovenia reminds me of small towns in Italy. You can drink an espresso or sip a glass of wine in its market place. We take a walk through the city and discover the springs that feed the Vipava river. Behind the palace of the Lanthieri family, bridges and pedestrian walkways cross the river. That is why Vipava is sometimes called the Venice of Slovenia. A little over the top, perhaps, as comparisons often are. In any case, the river and its bridges are worth seeing.
The Lanthieri Palace once belonged to the Counts of Gorizia and Vipava. Today it houses the wine school of the area. The Lanthieri family also once owned the hunting lodge Zemono outside the village. There we enjoy the best food of our trip.
Experience Malvasia Wine and others in the Vipava valley
We finish our walk through Vipava in the wine shop at the visitor center. There, winemakers from the area present their wines to visitors. In addition to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, we taste wines from the region such as Pinela and Zelen, which excites me. I also notice a bottle with female forms. We are told that only the best Zelen wines can be bottled in these bottles. It is like a seal of approval for the quality of the wine it contains.
Malvasia wine is a wine, which is particularly interesting. It is a white wine variety that is widely grown in this region. It is ancient and probably dates back to the Greeks. Although the grapes ripen late in the year, they provide good yields. The white wine that is made from it, is rich in alcohol. It also has a good aroma. In the region, this wine is called by different names. Malvasia Istriana is the most common name for the grape variety.
Only a few kilometers outside of Vipava we visit the wine cellar Zorz in Slap (Map ). The Zorz family is originally from France. Their winery is one of the largest in the Vipava valley. In addition to Zelen and Pinella wines, the family also produces excellent red wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. There are also white wines such as Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat Blanc. The young generation is in charge of this winery and produces excellent wines.
How Wine is cultivated in the wine-growing Regions in Slovenia
The Grape Harvest
The viticulture process begins with the harvest of the grapes in autumn. It's not easy to set the right date for the grape harvest. For this, the winemaker must use scientific methods to determine the sugar content of the grapes. He also takes care to choose the right weather for the harvest.
Pressing the Wine
Depending on the size and importance of wine-growing in the respective winery, the pressing of the grapes can be carried out in a traditional or mechanical way. Traditionally this is done by crushing the grapes in a wooden tub with bare feet. Larger wineries have now mechanized this process and shred the grapes with machines. This is how Most is made.
The next step in winemaking is the fermentation of the must. Adding yeast, this process begins within 6 - 12 hours after the grape press. The fermentation lasts until the sugar turns completely into alcohol. The result is dry wine.
Next, the wine must be cleaned of solid particles. To do this, the winemaker filters out dead yeast cells, tannins and proteins from the young wine.
Maturation & Bottling
The last step of wine making is the maturation process of the wine. This can be done both in the bottle and in the barrel. Some winegrowers immediately bottle their wine, in which they let it mature. Others fill the wine first in stainless steel tanks or in oak barrels made mostly of French oak, in which they mature their wine.
With a little luck, you can watch one of these processes while visiting a winemaker. In any case, it is worthwhile to visit the winegrowers. A guided tour is offered in many wineries. Often there are Slovenian specialties and antipasti. Moreover, such a visit is always interesting, because it offers an opportunity to meet the people who produce the specialties of the region.
Slovenia and its Wine Roads
There are four Wine roads in Slovenia:
- the Brda Wine Route
- the Vipava wine route
- the karst wine route
- and the Istrian wine route
Slovenia Wine Tours - our Conclusion
On this trip we got an insight into the wine regions of Slovenia. There are many Slovenia attractions for wine lovers to discover. It is a great experience to experience Malvasia wine in the Vipava valley in Slovenia and the other regions of the country. The local grape varieties surprised us. From many we had not heard before our visit. Some of them did not match our wine taste. Others have convinced us, even excited us. Especially the grape Zelen in the Vipava valley has tasted very good. At the Weinhaus Frelih we liked the Penina Kappelman and the Zeleni Silvaner. The Sauvignon Blanc from Zorz was excellent. However, wine is always a matter of personal taste. Therefore, we recommend to go on a Slovenia wine tour to discover Slovenian wines. It is worth it. There is much to discover.
Slovenia holidays in the Vipava valley to Savor (Video)
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You can reach Vipava or Otocec by car from Munich in about five hours (without traffic). The nearest airport is Ljubljana.
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