The wine-growing region of Posavje
has been overlooked in comparison with the other two Slovenian wine-growing regions, until recently. A reproach that this area produces lower quality wines is a thing of the past. Several years of effort
by winemakers, including good promotional campaigns, brought the well-deserved recognition and popularity to these wines.
Worth mentioning is the phenomenon of cviček
from Dolenjska, an excellent red wine that is composed of at least four wine varieties. 70% of cviček consists of red varieties
including žametna črnina and modra frankinja, while 30% consists of white varieties
including kraljevina and laški rizling. Some winemakers are also adding other wine varieties to the mix. Cviček has been produced for over 200 years. However, it has long been considered to be a low-quality wine; moreover, it has sometimes also been referred to as a ‘fake’ wine due to its low alcohol content (around 8-9%). The discovery of its numerous medicinal characteristics, increase of work quality of winemakers, statutory protection and, primarily, drinkable taste has contributed to it becoming one of the most popular wines in Slovenia. It has also gradually been getting recognition in a wider sense.
Region along the Krka River valley
The picturesque hills of Dolenjska are scattered with primarily small vineyards that are cultivated by numerous amateur winemakers. Typical features of the wine-growing district of Dolenjska
are the vineyard houses called zidanice
. Žametna črnina
, modra frankinja
and modra portugalka
prevail among the red wine varieties and chardonnay
and laški rizling
among the white ones. A wine called cviček can be produced only in this wine-growing district.
On the southern side of Gorjanci
The climate for vine cultivation is even more favourable in the wine-growing district of Bela krajina
than in Dolenjska; the winemakers of Bela krajina have begun to produce high quality and tasteful wines in the past few decades. These wines have been receiving Slovenian and international awards and recognition that only wines
from the wine-growing regions of Podravje and Primorska received in the past. Bela krajina cultivates primarily the same types of vine as Dolenjska; however, they carry out more late harvests
and deal more with maceration of grapes – consequently, very good rosé
wines are produced.
From Sava to Sotla
The mountain range on the left bank of the Sava River and along the Sotla River, bordering on Croatia, constitutes the main part of the remaining district of the wine-growing district of Posavje. In the wine-growing district of Bizeljsko-Sremiško
, modra frankinja and modri pinot
prevail among red wines and beli pinot
and laški rizling
among white wines. In recent years, the district has become famous for the production of good sparkling wines
and outstanding sweet wines. The most popular wine blend among the population is bizeljčan
. Typical features of the area are repnice
, wine cellars dug into the earth.