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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Movia

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

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Slovenia on Snooth

  • 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


  • Chardonnay Réserve Simcic 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Kogl Auxerrois Mea Culpa 2010

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    Slightly effervescent in the glass. Similar in acidity and crispness to the Sauvignon Blancs I've had. The palate was a bit off-putting at first, but mellowed out after some time in the glass. I attribute this to being in a stelvin-capped bottle. It needed to open up a bit. Definitely young and in need of settling down. Once mellowed, palate had... Read More

    Wine review by StarchitectEDK


  • Kogl Auxerrois Mea Culpa 2010

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    On the nose, crisp lychee, pear, almond and mineral. It's big in minerality on the palate as well. Crisp and fresh with flavors of grapefruit, light apricot, zesty apple, peach and a light nutty quality. Coats the mout toward the finish with a pleasant melon flavor. Nice!91 pts7/7/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Marjan Simcic Chardonnay Opoka 2009

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    Crisp, clean and nice.90 pts.-Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Exto Gredic Vineyard Toh-Kai. Quattro Mani Tocai Friulano Slovenia Quatro Mani White 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by annecara


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