This winter we once again say ‘Na zdravje!’ to wine lovers with the release of our fourth English-language Slovenian wine guide, covering all three of the country’s distinct wine regions (and their nine constituent districts). From the earthy reds of the Mediterranean coast, to the sweet whites of Podravje in the northeast to the limitless supply of refreshing Cviček of Posavje in the southeast, this map is intended to give only a brief overview of Slovenia’s wine industry, one of the oldest in the world and yet still, for many, an unexplored scene.
Although we love wine and have had the pleasure of visiting dozens of vineyards over the past few years, we’d be the first to admit that we’re by no means wine experts, and the main aim of the content on the pages below is to present the regions and vineyards as tourist destinations, rather than getting into the technical details of the wine itself. More specifically, we’ve attempted to show the unique aspects of each winery, farm, village and winemaker, in order to encourage readers to visit for themselves. However, where appropriate we’ve provided specific information about certain wine varieties and production techniques, but have done so from the perspective of an experienced layman and enthusiastic drinker, rather than a professional sommelier.
Over the past decade or so many of Slovenia’s winemakers - from the largest cooperatives to the smallest family-run operations - have expanded, renovated and/or modernised their facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and gorgeous tasting facilities. Many have also added accommodation and other services, which makes visiting them easier than ever before. If you choose to do so, it’s always best to make advanced arrangements, either directly with the winemakers or through the local tourist offices, who are also more than happy to help with suggestions for itineraries and trips.
The vineyards below are only a small number of the hundreds (or technically tens of thousands) of wine producers that currently operate in Slovenia, and we’ve tried our best to give a representative sampling so visitors who are unfamiliar with the country’s wine regions can gain a clearer understanding of what each has to offer. Many more vineyards and much more wine-related info can be found on our website at slovenia.inyourpocket.com.