Slovene Wine

 

Wine-making has existed in Slovenia since the Celtic and Illyrian tribes dwelled there before the Romans. The country is surrounded by Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. For this reason, there are cultural influences from all these nations, which figure into its wines. They have been produced almost continuously, even during times of intense political struggle between Balkan nations. Since it became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991, efforts have become more focused with hopes of international success.
 
There is a range of climates and soils within Slovenia. Cooler, rugged, elevated areas exist near the Alps and Pannonian basin, coastline influences in the Istrian Peninsula and then warmer inland areas. It has three major viticultural zones: 
 
Podravje in the east is the largest. Many of its styles have Germanic influences, with grapes reflecting this trend such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau (known locally as Rizvanec), Pinot Gris (Sivi Pinot Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Slovenia View all

  • Ribolla Gialla

    This ancient Friulian variety was first mentioned in a contract from 1289. In 1402, the local city of Udine prohibite...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Subregions of Slovenia

  • Primorje

    Goriška brda wine district in the Primorje Region: The Slovene word Brda means hills and that i...

  • Brda

  • Podravje

    The Podravje region is located in the Drava River valley of northeastern Slovenia, close to the...

Popular Wineries in Slovenia View all

  • Vinska klet MAROF

    The name of the winery “MAROF,” meaning “Meierhof” in German, is an agricultural estate dating ba...

  • Matjaz Cetrtic

    WINE CELLAR ČETRTIČ Brda is a winegrowing region extending between the Soca river and the Friuli...

  • Guerila

    GUERILA is a boutique wine cellar owned by the family Petrič from Planina pri Ajdovščini, which p...

  • Movia

    Movia wine estate has been in the Kristančič family since 1820. The main part of the business ...

  • Vinakoper

    The establishment of the Vinakoper Wine Cellar dates back to 1947. Throughout the decades, the co...

  • p&f wineries

    You will find our vineyards in the northeastern corner of Slovenia, in the Podravje region. A f...

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Slovenia on Snooth

  • Big Al - Good God man! Don't take my word on this stuff!!!!!For most ... ... Spain or France or Greece or Slovenia that isn't on the list. People in the wine business are usually curious folks and lots of times they let you bring something unusual just so they could taste it. Just remember that sales people are calling on them all day, so they... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Lng Santomas Refosk 2011

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    A nice everyday wine. Something different. Can be purchased at Sterling Cellars in Mahopac, NY. Read More

    Wine review by RUS


  • "Didn't suck" is Clay Mauritson's dad's idea of high ... ... we opened Verus Furmint from Slovenia.  Supposedly dry, but it gave the impression of a little RS--those Mitteleuropa wines allow some RS even when called dry, so might have been more than an impression.  I've had this wine before at Commis, Oakland's Michelin starred eatery (and rig... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ivan Batic Pinot Grigio Reserva 2005

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    Pleasant, warm and harmonious in the mouth, with an artful display of freshness and full taste. Intense extract and mineral taste. Read More

    Wine review by Marin Danicic


  • Penguin - I'm not sure where the oldest vines are. Supposedly the oldest ... ... wine grape vine is in Slovenia and it's several hundred years old, but I'd be a little bit skeptical about any such claims. Other than that, I think there's Grenache in Australia that dates to the 1830s and Shiraz that dates to approximately the same time, so it'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • Klinec Malvasia 2009

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    a crisp delight, with an intenseness that worked beautifully with a few slices of the estates own dried meat. Deeper and more intense on the palate than a usual Malvasia Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Klinec Medana Mora 2006

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    . It was the Klinec Móra 2006 that totally impressed however. This dark, chocolate tinged, ripe beauty is made only from the very best harvests. A mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc (10%) sees a long period in cherry barrels and a further year in bottle before release. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Kogl Auxerrois Mea Culpa 2010

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    Rich stone fruit and stone on the nose. Zesty and a bit green on the palate. Slight effervescence. Peach, pear and a nice salinity on the palate.87 pts.11/3/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Giocato Pinot Grigio 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by orionsbelt81


  • Movia Puro Rosè 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Barberolo


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