Untouched by Light Experience – tasting a sparkling wine untouched by light

Place: Gornja Radgona Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter Active time: From a few hours up to a whole day, 2 hours Number of people: 2 - 10
*Guaranteed to take place if at least 2 people register.
Guided tour Language: Slovenian, English, German, Italian Type of experience: Taste Slovenia, Culture Contact:
Radgonske gorice, d.o.o
Jurkovičeva 25
9250 Gornja Radgona
02 564 8550, 02 564 8551, 031 702 391
monika.pavlic@radgonske-gorice.si
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Untouched by Light Experience – tasting a sparkling wine untouched by light

Taste the world's first sparkling wine produced in complete darkness.

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The best things happen in the dark

Have you ever tried a sparkling wine that has never been touched by light in its entire production cycle? Welcome to the unusual tasting of a unique sparkling wine, produced from the best Chardonnay grapes by the traditional method of fermentation in the bottle. The grapes are harvested on a moonless night by workers wearing night vision goggles. Vinification and maturation are carried out according to the "darkness method" in centuries old cellars that no light has ever reached. Finally, the sparkling wine is put into dark bottles, which are then sealed in a dark foil. The most impressive tastings take place in complete darkness to heighten one’s senses of smell and taste.

What to expect from the experience:

  • Participants meet their sommelier guide in the courtyard of RG Dom Penine and learn about the history of the oldest and most award-winning sparkling wine producer in Slovenia.
  • Then they take a tour of the cellars Pod rimskim kolesom (Under the Roman Wheel) and Pod slapom (Under the Waterfall), where they learn about the philosophy of the company, the oldest bottles in the archive and special editions.
  • This is followed by a tasting of Golden Radgonska Sparkling Wine (very dry – Brut), which serves as a benchmark for the tasting of the world's first sparkling wine made in complete darkness.
  • Participants take a walk in complete darkness, then the lights are turned on so that they can appreciate the magnificent Pod skalo (Under the Rock) cellar.
  • They proceed to a special part of the cellar intended exclusively for tastings of the Untouched by Light sparkling wine.
  • There is a screening of a film presenting the story of the Untouched by Light sparkling wine, followed by a discussion of the science of the effect of light on wine. Participants then cover their eyes with special eye covers. The guide puts on night vision goggles, turns off the lights and serves the Untouched by Light sparkling wine in complete darkness.

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Schedule: All year round

Starting point: PE RG Dom Penine, Jurkovičeva 25, 9250 Gornja Radgona

Price: €200/up to max. 10 persons, incl. VAT

Included in the price:

  • a tour of the cellars Pod rimskim kolesom and Pod slapom;
  • a tasting of Golden Radgonska Sparkling Wine, very dry – Brut;
  • a tour of the cellar Pod skalo and a presentation of the Untouched by Light sparkling wine;
  • a tasting of the Untouched by Light sparkling wine in complete darkness.

Find out more about the experience

Radgonske gorice, d.o.o
Jurkovičeva 25
9250 Gornja Radgona
02 564 8550, 02 564 8551, 031 702 391
monika.pavlic@radgonske-gorice.si

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Did you know?

You can combine the tasting of this unique wine with the Wine Biking Experience. Explore the wine-growing hills by bike and find the birthplace of the first Slovenian sparkling wine, made in 1852.

No more than 2,000 bottles of Untouched by Light sparkling wine are made per year. Tastings are held 13 metres under the castle hill.

The most highly acclaimed Slovenian sparkling wine, Golden Radgonska Sparkling Wine, has been made in Radgonske gorice by the traditional method of fermentation in bottles for more than 170 years. The wine is aged on the lees for at least 24 months. Wine produced in special years can also be aged for 10 or more years.

The father of the Radgonska Sparkling Wine was Anton Kleinošek, who was also a passionate card player. According to legend, he lost his vineyards and his company in a single night. They were then bought by the Swiss-French Bouvier family, distant relations of Jacqueline Kennedy Bouvier, wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

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