Wine Tour Slovenia
Wine tour Slovenia - A quick intro ...
A wine tour to Slovenia is more impressive than you think. Slovenia is without doubt an amazing and rapidly emerging wine country in the north of the Balkan region above Croatia and east of Venice, Italy. It is the country where you want to go on a wine tour as a wine lover if you think sustainable agriculture is important and you want to taste delicious organic wines. Slovenia is one of the most progressive countries in the Balkans.
As one of the most progressive wine countries, Slovenia also offers you a wonderful authentic wine experience in its own way. A wide range of delicious wines, beautiful authentic accommodation from rural bed and breakfasts in the wineries near the winery to boutique and luxury four- and five-star hotels with their own restaurant where you can have a gastronomic dinner paired with local wines recommended by a sommelier.
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What are the best wine routes and wine regions to visit during your wine tour to Slovenia?
Slovenia is a relatively large yet unknown wine country. Viticulture in Slovenia goes back to the time of the Celts. This 6,000-year-old wine history translates into a unique wine-growing tradition that you can get to know better as a wine lover by traveling through the various beautiful wine regions of this country and visiting authentic wineries. In total it has 3 larger wine regions: Primoska on the west side of Italy and Istria on the coast, Posavska on the east side on the border with Croatia, and the larger wine region around Maribor in the northeast near Hungary and Austria.
Wine regions Slovenia
You may find this wine region from north to south along the Italian border, subdivided into the wine subregions of Goriška Brda, Vipava, and Karst. The Istra area is located on the Slovenian coast. Vineyards growing in this region grow in two beautiful valleys, the Soca Valley and the Vipava Valley, real hidden gems when it comes to nature and wine. There is a lot of added value to seduce you as a wine lover and amateur of unknown wines. Two valleys with beautifully streamlined vineyards and fruit orchards while the Soca river flows majestically with beautiful villages on hill tops, all surrounded by high mountains. This is the Slovenian part of the Alps that continues towards the famous ski resorts on the Austrian side.
Both internationally renowned grape varieties such as the Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and more local varieties grow in these wine regions. You can think of Barbera, Beli, Klarnica, and Laški Rizling for example.
Further south towards the Slovenian coast are the wine regions of Karst and then Istra or Slovenian Istria. Where the special thing about Karst is mainly the wine cellars carved in limestone, in Istra you will mainly find the charm of the coast with beautiful views. Due to the drier climate and strong winds, the region mainly produces Teran wine, a Slovenian specialty made especially from the Refosco grape. Other varieties that you will see a lot here are the Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia, Merlot, Muscat and Chardonnay on the international side. Common local varieties are the Malvazija, Refošk, and more endemic species such as the Zelen, Pikolit and the Pinela.
There is plenty of choice in accommodation in these beautiful wine regions. You can sleep in beautiful bed & breakfasts as well as the more luxurious 4- and 5-star hotels and wine hotels on the wine farms with all basic facilities and comfort. The area is ideal for beautiful walks and horseback rides among the vineyards. Relaxation guaranteed.
Because the region is quite withdrawn, especially the two northern wine regions, a car is necessary to be able to move here. If you want to visit this region as a wine lover, we would be happy to arrange a rental car or a private tailor-made tour for you.
Posavska or Bizeljsko is a wine region that lies in the east of Slovenia on the border of Croatia towards Zagreb and is another unknown wine region that is well worth exploring. You will be amazed by the delicious wines that are made here. The most famous wine is the “Cviček”.
The region not only produces delicious wines, there are also many places of interest that are more than worth discovering and there are plenty of activities to do as well. Bizeljsko Castle and Kostanjevica na Krki, also called Slovenian Venice, are just two wonderful examples. One of the activities that you can do here is cycling.
There is no lack of authentic accommodation. From local rural bed and breakfast among the vineyards to superior quality hotels, all accommodations are equipped with the necessary basic facilities and spacious comfort. You can easily explore this wine region from the capital Ljubljana if you want a top luxury hotel for instance.
The wine region around Maribor is the most famous and largest wine region of Slovenia in the northeast of the country near the border of Hungary and Austria. The most important city is Maribor itself. The wine region is subdivided into 3 wine regions including Slovenske Konjice, Maribor and Jerusalem from north to south.
The region produces unique wines of high quality. Most cultivated grape varieties include the Gewürztraminer, the Muscat, the Pinot gris, and the Zelen. The region also has its own wine festival every year.
Authentic accommodation are plentiful here. Where Maribor has beautiful boutique, four- and five-star hotels, there is also plenty of choice of authentic bed & breakfasts at or near wineries and wine farms themselves. Zlati Grič Mansion is a fine example of the authentic Slovenian character that wine lovers can find in Slovenia. All hotels and accommodations have been selected with the greatest care and have all the necessary basic facilities and comfort. If you want even more comfort such as a hotel with a golf course or wellness center, please let us know. We would be happy to prepare a customized offer for your wine trip to Slovenia.
Best wineries to visit
Many wineries offer tours and wine tastings. Some only during the late spring until or even after the grape harvest, others, usually larger ones, can be open all year round. No matter which wine region interests you most or whether you want to see them all, Wineroundtrips.com has put together a selection of the most beautiful and best wineries that Slovenia has to offer. In this way we can work out the best wine route that best suits your needs.
The best accommodation for your wine tour through Slovenia
As an emerging wine destination, Slovenia offers you a new fresh look, yet authentic, compared to other wine countries. Slovenia has all the modern amenities from beautiful bed & breakfasts to beautiful four- and five-star hotels. Of course, wine tastings and tours of the wine cellars at the most unique locations cannot be missed.
Whatever activities you want to undertake during your wine journey or thematic approach you wish to give to your wine tour, for example a culinary discovery tour, every region, every hotel has something special. From small boutique hotels and bed & breakfasts with a lot of charm and authenticity to larger luxury wine hotels with a more modern design and sometimes their own wellness and spa centre or golf course, each type of accommodation offers the chance to completely unwind, relax and enjoy your unique wine experience.