Slovenian Wines - Primorska Wine Region
Located in the west of the country from the Italian border inwards, the Primorska wine region is the
most internationally recognised region in Slovenia. Winegrowers are heavily influenced by winemaking processes
from their cousins across the border in Friuli, in particular the return to natural farming with the use of
only minimal chemicals.
The area is divided into 4 main sub-regions where both white and red wine are produced. They are:
Goriška Brda - Tucked away in a small corner on the Italian border, the Goriška Brda region is Slovenia's answer to Tuscany.
Gently rolling hills layered with terraced rows of vines combine with the sweet aroma of fruit from the orchards below to make Goriška Brda an ideal
spot to lay your hat down for a few days in the warmer months. It has also been virtually frost free in recent years, another plus for serious winemakers.
Slowly growing in reputation, the area is best known for its Rebula White and Merlot-Cabernet blends. It also produces quantities of
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rebula, Refošk, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Friulano.
Koper - Near the Adriatic Coast, the Koper region is the warmest wine region in Slovenia. The most abundantly grown grape are the Refošk and
Malvazija. New cellars are opening all the time showing the regions growing popularity.
Kras - East of Trieste, the cave plateau region of Slovenia is best known for Teran. This highly acidic red wine is made from Refošk.
Vipava - the valley east of Nova Gorica specialises in crisp white wines from the Pinela and Zelen grape variety. The warm air blows in from the Adriatic and
hail can be a big problem for growers here and on some ocassions, whole crops can be damaged.
Other varieties found in Primorska are: Barbera, Beli Pinot, Cabernet Franc, Cipro, Glera, Klarnica, Laski Rizling, Malocrn, Rumeni Muskat, Syrah and Vitovska Grganja.
Slovenian Wines - Posavje Wine Region
Posavje in the south east towards Croatia produces slightly more reds than white and is also divided into several districts. They are:
Bizeljsko-Brezice - Known for its sparkling wine and acidic whites.
Dolenjska - Famous locally for its light pink Cvicek blend of red (Zametovka) and white (Kraljevina).
Bela Krajina - Known for its reds made from Modra Frankinja and Rumeni Muskat.
Other varieties found in Posavje include: Beli Pinot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gamay, Modri Pinot, Nueburger, Ranina, Rdeca Zlahtnina, Renski Rizling, Sentlovrenka, Sipon, Sivi Pinot,
Traminec and Zweigelt.
Slovenian Wines - Podravje Wine Region
Podravje in the east hugging Croatia and Hungary is the largest wine region in Slovenia. Famous for its sparkling and dessert wines, the region is subdivided into 7 districts:
The Radgona-Kapela district was the first Slovenia wine region to produce sparkling Penina.
The Ljutomer-Ormož district includes the village of Jeruzalem which is known for white wine made from Diše?i Traminec and Ranina.
Radgona-Kapela-Maribor produces some of the best examples of Podravje wine.
Haloze district is improving in quality.
Srednje Slovenske Gorice
The last 4 districts have small production that is consumed locally. Nearly 97% of the wine made in the Podravje region is white wine.
Other grape varieties found in Podravje include Chasselas, Gamay, Kerner, Kraljevina, Muškat Otonel, Portugalka, Ranfol, Rizvanec, Rumeni Muškat, Zeleni Silvanec, Zlahtnina and Zweigelt.
Recommended Slovenian Wines of the moment (17/1/2010):
KHMER 2006 - Gorica Brda (Primorska). Grower Reia from Neblega. Visitors favourite 2009
Pinot Grigio 2008 - Jerusalem Ormož VVS (Podravje)
Laski Rizling Sladko 2008 - Gold Medal World Wine Awards - Ptujska Klet
Coming: Wine Tours and best Wine Routes to follow.
Coming: Hottest Cellars to visit around Slovenia whilst on holiday.