The main theme is wine
Slovenia is proud to have three wine regions, where grapes are grown that give Slovenian wines their refined flavours. Wine is also at the very centre of many stories and experiences that either bring you closer to Slovenian wine-making and its wine tradition or reflect modern trends and innovation. Quite a few events and festivals around Slovenia are devoted to wine, and the most exciting time is autumn, the time for harvests and later also St Martin’s Day celebrations. Discover some of the most interesting stories and experiences related to wine, which you just cannot miss.
The queen of all grapevines
As you walk through Lent, the old part of the city of Maribor, beside the River Drava, you will encounter the oldest grapevine in the world. The Žametovka vine, i.e. Blauer Kölner, has weathered every storm for four centuries and now proudly greets visitors. This is the only plant with its own museum in the Old Vine House, and it even has its own anthem. Exciting things happen around this vine at many traditional events and festivals.
Learn about other top wine attractions
In addition to the old vine in Maribor’s Lent area, you can also find some interesting places and objects in Slovenia connected with wine and are considered to be top attractions in Slovenia.
Walk paths that speak of wonderful wine stories and lead to the oldest vine in the world
Learn about the winemaking tradition of the Štajerska region and the unique wine stories of the Štajerska winegrowing district. Start your trip at the renowned heart among the vineyards at one of the largest and oldest wine cellars in Europe, and end at the world’s oldest living grapevine.
Experiences among the vines
Come, stay, have a look around and try the local wines among the vineyards! Experience unforgettable moments in the unique ambience of the grapevines.
Wine safari in Brda
Do you have a sense of adventure? Embark on a unique safari, where you will not encounter any exotic animals, but off-roaders will take you on narrow paths through vineyards, orchards, and olive groves. You will also make short stops to taste excellent wines and other specialities from the Brda Hills.More
View of the vineyards from the Vinarium Tower
The 53.5-metre Vinarium Panoramic Tower proudly rises above the Lendavske Gorice Hills, and from its top you can enjoy an incredible view of no fewer than four countries. Enjoy the view of the romantic landscape, covered in vineyards, with vast fields, and Pannonian villages.More
Holidays in the wine cottages
As you visit the gentle rolling hills of the Dolenjska and Bela Krajina regions, and some hills in the Posavje region too, adorable sun-kissed vineyard cottages will surely catch your eye. These cottages are known as zidanice and they are the pride of every true Dolenjska and Bela Krajina local. These cottages also have their own wine cellar under the living area. Step into the shoes of the local residents and become a keeper of one of these zidanice cottages for a short while.More
Visit to the repnice cellars
While in the Posavje region, be sure to visit the typical repnice (pronounce rep-nee-tzeh) turnip caves. These are special caves that were once used to store food, mainly turnips, but most of them have been converted into pleasant wine cellars.More
Wine from the castle vineyard
Did you know that in Sevnica you can taste wine from a castle vineyard? Five hundred Blue Franconian vines have been planted on the fortified terraces below Sevnica Castle. The grapes are used to produce special castle wine called Castle Blood, which can be tasted at the Castle wine shop.More
Intiniti Wine Bliss mindful experience with stories from Brda
Experience Brda through a guided mindfulness practice and learn about the entire annual cycle of the vine and Motnik wine in a slightly different way. Welcome to an inspiring experience where you will learn the stories of Brda with all your senses and take a trip to your very self.
Cycling among Vineyards
Take a cycle ride on wine roads. The routes will take you through gentle wine-growing hills and vast plains, past tourist farms, winemakers, snack bars, and other establishments where you can taste local wines and be revitalised by enjoying local flavours.
A visit to a wine cellar
No matter which wine region you visit, the local people will always offer you their wine, of which they are particularly proud. This could be Refošk from Istria, Karst Teran, Vipava Zelen or Pinela, Metliška Črnina from Bela Krajina, Cviček from Dolenjska, or any other wine variety. No matter where you go, you will always be able to enjoy some good local food with your glass of wine. We highly recommend that you visit the most well-known wine cellars.
A boutique wine estate worth a visit
Slovenia can boast of several excellent winemakers who aim to create the finest wines. Learn some of the amazing boutique wine stories of Slovenian winemakers.
In the vaulted cellar of the Jareninski Castle, known for its tradition of old monastery cellars, you can taste the top-flight wines made from hand-picked grapes. Along with the dry wines with longer...
Right where the road forms the shape of a heart amongst the vineyards, experience the wine story of the Gaube family. In addition to wine they serve excellent food, which has earned them a mention in...
At the Rouna Estate in the village of Slap in the beautiful Vipava Valley they follow the traditions and knowledge of generations. They produce wines typical of this part of Slovenia, such as Zelen an...
Take a quick break amongst the vineyards in the modern Valdhuber tourist farm. The noble tastes of its excellent wines are produced in its cellar, and make a perfect complement to the homely tastes of...
The noble tastes of the Brič wines are created in the unspoiled valley of the Dragonja River. You can try them in a modern design wine cellar, or enjoy a glass of wine with a luxurious view of the Slo...
Doppler House of Wine
Among the hills of Šentilj and the Pesnica valley you will find the modern Doppler House of Wine, where you can enjoy an amazing 360° view of the sprawling vineyards while tasting the house wines. Exp...
Visit this wine cellar sitting amongst lovely vineyards, where tradition meets modernity. The heart of the building is the more than one-hundred-year-old wine cellar, surrounded by modern spaces. Try...
“Nature only speaks to those who know how to listen,” is the motto of the Simčič family, which has been fully committed to producing top-quality wine for three generations. Part of the estate includes...
The beautiful sun-splashed slopes of the Goričko hills are the home of Marof wines, made with boldness, patience, and most of all in harmony with nature. The noble taste of the wine is complemented by...
Puklavec Family Wines
The vision of the Puklavec family’s wine story is to create the finest wines together. And to a remarkable degree they are succeeding. You can taste their award-winning wines that grow in the heart of...
The poetic landscape of Medana once inspired the Slovene poet Alojz Gradnik, and now serves as the inspiration for the wine and cultural experiences of the Klinec family, who even put on their own mus...
Enter the world of biodynamic wines from the Vipava Valley, where Zmagoslav Petrič follows nature’s instructions for producing wine and cultivates his own local grape variety. Try his wine in a modern...
Sleep among the vineyards
Imagine that you are sitting in front of a tent or a wood cabin among the vineyards, enjoying the view of the rolling hills, a glass of local wine at your side. Experience the charm of glamping and other unique accommodations among the vineyards.
Visole Panorama Glamping
Escape the urban hustle and bustle and relax while enjoying the marvellous view of the Štajerska hills from your natural "hotel room" at Visole glamping site.
Experience your own personal fairy tale in the heart of the Štajerska vineyards. Light the sparks in your eyes on pleasant summer evenings in front of comfortable tents or cabins among the trees, with...
Saksida Tourist Farm
Are you interested in exploring the Vipava Valley? There, in the midst of vineyards, you can find the Saksida Tourist Farm, which also offers glamping cottages on its estate.
Lovers of water and active holidays can enjoy the Naturasort at the foot of vineyards near Maribor. Add a visit to a wine cellar to your to-do list.
Pour yourself a glass of wine – from a fountain?
Yes, you read that right. In Slovenia we have quite a few fountains that feature the local wines instead of the more usual water. You just need a glass with a chip, which you activate when you first fill it.
Sončni raj fountain
On the Sončni raj estate in Vodole, just outside of Maribor, you can try two types of reds and six high-quality white wines from local producers, as well as two non-alcoholic drinks.
Cviček Spring wine fountain
Not far from the Šmarješke Toplice spa, in Šmarjetna, you can fill your glass four times with a decilitre of Cviček, one of the wine specialities of the Dolenjska region.
Sustainable wine – a drop of unspoiled nature in your glass
Taste the noble wines that reflect the harmony of man and nature. Slovenian sustainable wines are produced with a great deal of responsibility towards nature. The vineyards are part of the natural ecosystem, and the winemakers use only natural substances to cultivate their grapes. The guiding principle is to keep human interference to a minimum in both the vineyard and the cellar.
A special kind of wine tasting
In addition to visiting wine cellars, tourist farms, and winemakers, you can also experience the refined flavours of Slovenian wines in a completely different way.
A Ljubljana wine experience
If you do not have time to explore all of Slovenia’s wine regions, you can simply stay in the capital city of Ljubljana and taste their most recognisable wines there. Embark on a wine-tasting tour wit...
Wine tasting on a boat in Izola
Board a boat in Izola and enjoy a pleasant boat ride on which you can see the vineyards in the area from the sea. You can also taste local wine brands and enjoy selected sea food.
A visit to Slovenian winemakers
Get to know the path from grape to wine with boutique Slovenian winemakers. Take a walk around their vineyards and try some wines in family wine cellars.
Wine-related events all year round
Good wine is the pride of every wine-maker. And they want to share the joy that they feel when enjoying a glass of fine wine. This is why you can visit wine festivals and holidays in Slovenia in all seasons, and even enjoy some other local delicacies too. However, autumn is the most exciting time, as it brings a new harvest of grapes and new wine.
Wine festivals and events
Wine receives a lot of attention in Slovenia. This is also evident due to the numerous festivals and events at which wine often plays the leading role. Sometimes, you can also enjoy other culinary treasures from a particular area and much more.
As the summer comes to an end and autumn is just around the corner, vineyards come to life. Ripe grapes invite us to harvest, and the hard work of grape pickers is accompanied by joyous singing celebrating the new harvest.
St Martin's Day celebrations
The most widespread celebration of wine and the culture of wine in Slovenia is the celebration of St Martin's Day. This is when St Martin is said to transform must to wine. In addition to young wine, a traditional St Martin’s feast is a must during this time.
Osmice wine bars
Follow the trail of ivy branches and visit ‘wine bars’ called osmice – these are occasional wine bars in the Primorska wine-growing region that have a tradition dating back more than two hundred years. Local residents will not only serve you wine, but will also gladly offer you a slice of wind-dried ham (pršut), pancetta, home-made bread, štruklji (dumplings filled with curd cheese), strudels, and other delicious delicacies.