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

  • Merlot

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

  • Ribolla Gialla

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

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

  • Matjaz Cetrtic

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

  • 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...

  • Vinska klet MAROF

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

  • p&f wineries

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

  • Guerila

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

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Slovenia on Snooth

  • Giocato Pinot Grigio 2008

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    Nice and light, full of minerality and good acidity. Terrific value from the ... on the border of Italy and Sloveni Read More

    Wine review by bunystocks


  • Goriska Brda Quercus Beli Pinot 2008

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    somehow I could not get used to the tanin and russian champagne like taste Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


  • Giocato Pinot Grigio 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by kirfactor


  • Rose Ventus 2007

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    I can agree with the producer's statement: "The wine Rosé Ventus has a distinctively fresh and soft character. It expresses the varietal properties of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.The fruity aroma and gentle bouquet elevate this wine to a group of fresh wines with a rich flavour, perfect for warm summer days. " Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


  • Kapela Renski Rizling 2007

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    very popular white wine in slovenia, for the price, really good Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


  • Giocato Pinot Grigio 2008

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    1.2008 Giocato Pinot Grigio - Primorska Region, Slovenia Color: extremely pale, Nose: pear, a little sugarcane, very reserved nose, Taste: nothing very dominant, drier than most Pinot Grigios, starfruit (tart, not terribly sweet), Finish: crisp acidity, gushing mouth, but no lasting flavorsLamarr: C+ (nothing distinguishing, okay for a $10 bott... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr


  • Movia Pinot Nero 2004

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    Rich and deep candied red color. Peppery, meaty black cherries/currants in the nose. Read More

    Wine review by acrd


  • Movia Ribolla Gialla 2007

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    Waxy, leesy and woodsy on the nose, a bit monolithic and dull. Sweetly fruited in the mouth with a round soft feel and little follow through. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Clai Bijele Zemlje Malvasia "Sveti Jakov" 2007

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    Superb aromatics here. This smells like a working woman's neck, sexy, sweet, sweaty, and for sale with notes of red fruits and lax lipstick all beckoning. In the mouth this is a bit waxy with bitter melon tones in a rich, layered mid-palate that lacks some follow through though the tannins do offer good length on the finish. The nose alone is wo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Movia Veliko Rdece 1997

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    Best Slovenian wine. Read More

    Wine review by bdobnikar


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