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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Slovenia View all

  • 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 ...

  • Vinska klet MAROF

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

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Slovenia on Snooth

  • Movia Veliko Rdece 2003

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    Beautiful ruby red, thick and impenetrable, we had under nose for a while and surprises never end: macerated red fruits, cherries and black currants, cinnamon and cloves in the background, then slowly coffee, cocoa dust and resin. In the mouth, the tannins are smooth but very present, fresh with a mineral tasty flavor that envelops the whole mou... Read More

    Wine review by GiacomoPevere


  • Movia Pinot Nero 2005

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    A beautiful color, ruby red, unusual darkness. Blackberries and cherries on the nose, mineral notes, violet, black pepper, cloves and juniper berries, much finesse. In the mouth the tannins is incisive, nice sip and great drinkability. Blacks fruits and spices in the mouth closes slightly bitter with spicy notes of cloves. Read More

    Wine review by GiacomoPevere


  • Movia Pinot Grigio 2008

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    The color is bright, golden yellow, nice body. The nose ripe fruit, pear, apple and banana, then yellow flowers and brackish mineral notes. In the mouth is tasty, a little flaw in freshness but the sip is full. Closes on notes of apple and chamomile. Read More

    Wine review by GiacomoPevere


  • Movia Puro Rosè 2004

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    The color is a great onion skin, well disgorged is perfectly clear and bright. The nose is delicate wild strawberries, withered flowers and mineral notes, then slowly opens (in the glass remains half an hour) releasing a string of herbs, sage, mint leaves, thyme and rosemary. In the mouth is fresh, beautiful straight back to the strawberries and... Read More

    Wine review by GiacomoPevere


  • Movia Veliko Belo 1997

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    Gold loading, bright and consistent. Peach at first but soon gives way to thyme, marjoram, sage, sea wet stone, vanilla. The vintage is one of the best around here and in the mouth, after fourteen years, has not yielded an inch, soft, round, warm, nice sip (full-body) fresh and tasty. A bouquet of aromatic herbs and salty notes close the sip, mi... Read More

    Wine review by GiacomoPevere


  • Movia Veliko Belo 2002

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    Bright, gold, consistent. The nose attacks with peach and honey, hay and mineral notes, then chamomile, wild thyme, eucalyptus and peppermint. On the palate the tasty notes are effective, but this time it is widely supported by a not common freshness. Soft. Closes with a fruity, chamomile and herbs. Slightly bitter. Read More

    Wine review by GiacomoPevere


  • Movia Veliko Belo 2003

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    Bright straw yellow, the nose has peach, mango, tomato leaf, then butter and sage accompanied by iodates notes. Very soft in the mouth, the tasty notes dominate the freshness, return herbs and tomato leaf closing. Read More

    Wine review by GiacomoPevere


  • Movia Veliko Belo 2007

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    Four years and half in barrels. Bright straw yellow in the glass. The notes of the Sauvignon dominate the nose: white peach, pineapple, tomato leaf and green pepper, mineral, lilac and vanilla. In the mouth is soft, quite fresh even if it's the tasty notes that dominates the sip. Read More

    Wine review by GiacomoPevere


  • Piquentum Malvasia 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Kabaj Sivi Pinot 2009

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    Dark in the glass. Looks heavy. Aromas of melon, honeysuckle and some woodiness. Nice fruit notes. Lychee, pear and an underlying earthiness. Nice and very interesting!2/18/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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