With regards to the climate, soil structure and relief, wine experts consider some Slovenian wine-growing areas to be the best in the world. Natural conditions for winemaking are good; however, this is only the first part of the 'magic' from which wine is produced. Naturally, several Slovenian winemakers also excel in this area.
Slovenia simply cannot disappoint wine lovers, since there is an abundance of high-quality selections of wines. From 52 types of vines, 37 are white and 15 are red. 70% white wines and 30% red wines are produced in this way. It is important to know that almost 70% of Slovenian wines fulfil the criteria for quality and premium wines, while the others are table wines. Considering that a significant share of the production of Slovenian wines is represented by small wine-makers who use their wines for themselves and their loved ones, the market offers quite a quality selection.
The best time to visit Slovenia as wine region is obviously the time of harvest. Most grape harvests in Slovenia take place from the end of August until the first half of October. The first grape harvests occur in the wine-growing region of Primorska, where the grapes ripen sooner due to the warm climate, followed by the harvests in the Posavje wine-growing region and in the Podravje wine-growing region. Due to the smaller size and fragmented ownership of vineyards, hand picking of grapes prevails, even though wine-growers have been using agricultural machinery for years to help them access the vines.
The picking of grapes by hand is of course more time-consuming and tiresome than machine picking but the harvesting experience is more authentic and unforgettable. In numerous, and especially the smaller vineyards, the pressing of grapes is also done by hand. The pressing of grapes is an integral part of grape harvesting, as is the cheerfulness of the grape-pickers, which is reflected in the singing and joking that takes place throughout the harvest. But if you would like to visit Slovenia and taste different type of wines you can come anytime of the year. There are lot of wine cellars that are public opened or many “gostilna” (local restaurant) with local food and wines.
Slovenia has three wine regions: wine-growing region of Primorska, Posavje wine-growing region and the Podravje wine-growing region. Each one on other side of Slovenia. Each one with its own climate and soil characteristics.
Slovenia is known as small country between Julian Alps and Adriatic Sea, having a lot of sightseeing points to visit: world known Postojna caves, alpine pearl – Lake of Bled, medieval towns, the oldest vine of the world in Maribor, capital city of Ljubljana with many architectural sightseeing points created by a famous architect Jože Plečnik, beautiful country side with many tourist farms, vineyards and wine roads, natural termal spa resorts, alpine ski resorts, castels and of course lovely and friendly people.
Every year in November there is a Wine festival in Ljubljana.
Every year in Ljubljana is organised a “Wine road” when you can go around bars, restaurants in Ljubljana centre with a glass for tastings of different wines.
St. Martin festivities and baptism of wine all around wine regions in Slovenia.
You can be part of a harvest team in one of the vineyards, during the harvest period (end of August till end of September).Read less