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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Matjaz Cetrtic

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

  • Vinakoper

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

  • Movia

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

  • 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

  • Movia Veliko Rdece 1997


    Best Slovenian wine. Read More

    Wine review by bdobnikar

  • Sveti Martin Zelen 2005


    Producer: Stegovec Sveti Martin Wine region: Primorska District: Vipavska dolina Variety: Zelen Classification: Kakovostno Vino (quality wine) Sweetnessaccording to the label: dry Vintage: 2006 Handling, maturation: large oak barrel Alcohol according to the label: 12.5 % Size / Price: 0.75l/less than 10.00 Reg.-Number: Stg1/4000 Closure: natur... Read More

    Wine review by schmarty

  • Movia Veliko Belo 2004


    what an impressive wine! it blew me away. interesting, aromatic nose with well balanced fruit, acidity. would be great with seafood. Read More

    Wine review by evaem

  • Quattro Mani Toh-Kai 2007


    Flawed bottle, but still drinkable. The wine was cloudy and lightly carbonated. There was still some good minerality, some light apple peel and decent acidity. I probably should have returned the bottle, but we managed to get through it. Read More

    Wine review by JoshuaChrist

  • I'm going on a trip this summer: Italy, Slovenia (love the wine there) and Austria. I will, no doubt, fall in love with many wines. Question: am I allowed to bring wine back on the plane? Is there a limit?Thanks in advance, all! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Can I bring back wines from...

  • Cote NV


    Intensive chocolate and vanilla flavors. Long taste. Really nice wine for it's price. Read More

    Wine review by JMSkelnik

  • Quattro Mani Toh-Kai 2007


    very light, crisp, moderate mineralty but tolerable bitefruity but not too acidic, floral, pleasing Read More

    Wine review by archie7683

  • Santomas Cabernet Sauvignon Gorika Brda 2006


    Big, as the labels suggests. Perfection with stewed meat dishes. Read More

    Wine review by andyparsons

  • Crnko Rumeni Muskat 2007


    I absolutely loved this. I can see why it won gold in the 2007 San Francisco International wine competition. This was a BIG hit at a recent wine tasting BBQ at my house. Very fruity with a perfect sugar / bitter combination. Excellent for a summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by twistof8

  • Quattro Mani Toh-Kai 2007


    Light flavor, little green, smooth, with a mellow lingering finish. Read More

    Wine review by CinfulGentleman

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