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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  • Ribolla Gialla

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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