The most distinctive souvenir of Primorska are without doubt the fine wines produced in the wine region of the same name. Among them especially those we call our own or native. Among them are the ruby red Kraški Teran
in Slovenian Istria, Zelen
in the Vipava Valley, and in Goriška Brda there is Rebula
. This wine region also produces other internationally known wines, such as Jakot (formerly known as Tokaj), Barbera, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and others.
Another important souvenir from this area, particularly the Karst, or Kras in Slovenian, is Karst prosciutto
, which has recently been joined by Vipava prosciutto
. While it is widely accepted that Karst prosciutto goes well with Kraški Teran, this region also produces exquisite Karst gin
and Teran liqueur
The neighbouring Brkini produces, or rather distills, Brkinski slivovec
, plum brandy with a protected designation of origin.
The main material of the Karst
is stone, which served for many centuries as an inspiration to stonemasons, who would use it to make functional and ornamental items and construction elements. Stone mortars and pestles
are even today widely used in cooking. They are made by the Pliskovica-based expert stonemason Jernej Bortolato. Slovenian Istria
, a scenic part of Slovenia with gently rolling hills, which extends into the neighbouring Croatia, produces excellent olive oil
, which also has a protected designation of origin.
Apart from olive oil, the typical top-quality souvenirs from this part of Slovenia also include products made from sea salt
and salt flower
, which are marketed under the »Solnce« brand. The salt and salt flower are produced in the Sečovlje saltpans.
Among delicious fruit desserts from this part of Slovenia belong fig buns
, arguably the most authentic and practical souvenirs. With no added sugar or preservatives, they can be eaten all at once or enjoyed for several months without going bad.