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.

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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.

The oldest wine cellar in Ptuj

Visit the oldest wine cellar in Slovenia, which has stored the best wine from the Haloze Hills and the Slovenske Gorice Hills for 700 years. At the wine archive, discover the cellar's greatest treasures, such as the oldest Slovenian vintage and the largest wooden barrel, which can store over 22,115 litres of wine.

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The largest wine barrel in Koper

Taste the finest wine produced from Istrian soil as you visit the inland areas of the town of Koper, and also visit Vinakoper, one of the largest wine cellars in Slovenia. Here, you can also see the largest barrel in Slovenia and one of the largest in Europe.

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The oldest Istrian wine press

While visiting the inland areas near the coastal town of Koper, be sure to visit Bardinc House, where you can get a better idea about the history and tradition of Istria. In addition to interesting rooms and showpieces, there is also the well-preserved oldest Istrian wine press, dating to the 19th century.

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Experiences among grapevines

Take a ride, stay, enjoy the views, and taste local wines amidst the vineyards. Experience the most unforgettable moments with unique experiences surrounded by grapevines.

A wine safari in the Brda Hills

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.

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A view of vineyards from the Vinarium Panoramic Tower

A view of vineyards from the Vinarium Panoramic 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.

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Holidays in a vineyard cottage

Holidays in a vineyard cottage

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.

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A visit to repnice turnip caves

A visit to repnice turnip caves

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.

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Wine from a castle vineyard

Wine from a 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.

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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.

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Wine barrels are useful in other ways, too

Can you imagine spending your holiday in a wine barrel? You can experience this at the Wine Village at Terme Ptuj Spa, a unique glamping facility, where wine barrels have been converted into comfortable holiday accommodation. You can also take a sauna in a wine barrel. In addition to taking a Finnish sauna in a wine barrel in Ptuj, you can also experience a wine sauna at Terme Maribor Spa.

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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.

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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

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 with a guide who is a wine connoisseur.

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Wine tasting on a boat in Izola

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.

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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.

Experience gastronomic Slovenia

In addition to world-class wine, you will also feel like having a good bite of food – perhaps something traditional or innovative. May the selected tastes of Slovenia fascinate you.

Wines of Slovenia

Where can you taste the wine from the three wine-growing regions of Slovenia?

Wines of Slovenia

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Taste Slovenia

Slovenian dishes taste of local ingredients. From nature!

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For foodies

The creators of new Slovenian cuisine

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Eat like locals

A good brunch, lunch, or a snack on the go?

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