The land of sparkling wine and predicate wine
Sparkling wines have a long tradition in Slovenia. In Gornja Radgona, a sparkling wine cellar has been developing since 1853. The Radgona sparkling wine is a classic for Slovenians, and sparkling wine producers from all wine-growing regions of Slovenia are often a pleasant surprise at international events for rating wines. The quality of predicate wines is obtained through special maturing and processing conditions: a late harvest, berry and dry berry selection, the processing of grapes left by wine-growers to freeze on the vine (ice wine). With a little luck, you can also experience such harvests in person.
Wines from Slovenian wine-growing areas
The Posavje wine-growing region, named after the River Sava, is home to Cviček, which is a special wine in Slovenian wine-growing, as it has a very low alcohol content and a good effect on health. Wine with the recognized traditional denomination is only produced in the Dolenjska wine-growing district. Otherwise, in this and in other districts of the Posavje wine-growing region, red varieties are usually grown, e.g. Žametna Črnina (Black Velvet), Blue Franconian, Blauer Portugieser, Pinot Noir, and white wines are also grown, e.g. Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Italian Riesling, and Pinot Blanc. This region is renowned for special wine-growing features, such as small cabins in vineyards (zidanice), where you can also spend the night, or special cellars (repnice), which are dug directly into the ground.
Cellar of the Town Hall, Brežice
You can also be introduced to the wines of the Posavje wine-growing region in the cellar of the town hall in Brežice. This is also the perfect starting point for guided tours of wine-growing districts and wine roads of the Posavje wine-growing area.
Colnar Wine Cellar, Otočec
The expansive vineyards with their spectacular view of the Dolenjska region landscape are home to the Colnar vineyard cottage, where its owners have strived to satisfy even the most discerning taste buds for the past twenty years. The house sommelier...
Istenič House of Sparkling Wines, Bizeljsko
Patience and perseverance are the guiding principles behind the success of the Istenič family in creating superior quality sparkling wines. Their effort clearly pays off because they have received many awards for their sparkling wines both in Sloveni...
Krško Wine Cellar, Krško
The old castle cellar houses Cviček (recognised traditional denomination) and vintage wines, and the award-wining Blue Franconian is usually found in the barrique barrels in the wine tasting rooms. Experience the wine-growing story of the Dolenjska w...
Metlika Wine Cellar
Visit the Metlika Wine Cellar if you want to truly understand the wine scene of Bela krajina. This cellar is known as the birthplace of the wine Metliška Črnina, and other wines from Bela krajina can also be found here. In many ways, the Metlika Wine...
Prus Wine Cellar, Metlika
The vineyards on the sunny hills of Bela krajina shape the noble flavours of the Prus family wines. This is a family that over the years has successfully written its own winemaking story with its love and dedication. The Prus Wine Cellar has won the...
Sevnica Castle Wine Shop
On the hill where Sevnica Castle proudly stands, five hundred Blaufränkisch vines flourish. You can taste the power of the sun’s rays in the wine known as Castle Blood (Grajska kri), which you can sample in the Blaufränkisch wine cellar. There is eve...
Metliška Črnina wine cellars
In Bela Krajina, a region in southern Slovenia, Metliška Črnina is especially regarded. This is a dry red wine made up of all of the red wine varieties in the area. This wine carries the PTP recognised traditional denomination and you can learn about it at the Wine Spring Holiday (Vinska Vigred) and in two major cellars.
The story of Cviček
Cviček is made up of at least four varieties. The mixing of dominant red and the added white varieties is what gives this wine with recognised traditional denomination (PTP) its reddish colour and a pleasantly piquant flavour. This wine has a low alcohol consistency (8–9%), and if drunk moderately, it helps preserve health. You can learn about Cviček on the Podgorjanci Wine Road, in wineries, and homesteads, such as Matjaž's Homestead in Otočec.
Authentic holidays in a vineyard cottage
The Dolenjska Region is full of zidanice – small cottages in panoramic locations above vineyards. The residential part is usually above the cellar, where tools and wine are stored. These houses that were once used by wine-growers have now been changed into pleasant tourist accommodation facilities. They are your best choice if you wish to be in contact with wine-growing and other countryside traditions of this area.
Toast with sustainable wines
Taste the power of fine wines that reflect the harmony of man and nature. Slovenian sustainable wines are produced with great responsibility towards nature. Vineyards are part of the natural ecosystem, winemakers use only natural vine protection products, and it is generally accepted that man's intervention in the vineyard and in the wine cellar should be kept to a minimum.