This tour is a must if you want to visit a country where the national anthem »A toast« is about wine and good vintage, where wine tradition dates back to 1200 years ago and the country which is considered to be next top wine destination in the world. The tour will take you to all three wine regions of Slovenia where you will learn how such a small place as Slovenia offers such great varieties of climate, soil, winds, sun and people. Starting from Goriška Brda region which has been influenced by the Adriatic Sea from one side and the Alps from the other, through windy but still Meditteranean Vipava Valley where nature on occasions shows no mercy, touching the capital and its raising focus on representing Slovenian wine culture to its visitors down south to Bizeljsko with its exceptional sparkling wines and wineries deep down the prehistoric sea sediments to Štajerska region known for its white wines which are ranked as one of the best in Europe. Oh, and of course, all the local food that comes along the wine! Have you already booked your Grand wine tour of Slovenia?
DAY 1: Goriška region is known among Slovenians as their version of Tuscany. Its endless hills with medieval fortified settlements on top, and nearby Italian border proves they might be right. However, this region diserves not to be compared to no other place because of its unique mixture of Slovenian and Italian food, local authentic sorts of wines and its mild but harsh climate. Our first stop will be winery Movia, the most well known brand of Slovenian wines and a proof that if you know how to do it, your wines will become famous even among celebrities all around the world. After the tasting and entertaining represenation of their wines there will be time for lunch. After lunch in a local restaurant and a walk around Šmartno fortified medieval settlement we will visit Bjana house of sparkling wines. Its top quality sparkling wines are highly ranked at international competitions and their estate – mansion from the 13th century – was proclamied as UNESCO site of Italy.
DAY 2: After breakfast there will be time to stop in Goriška Brda for the view and get on top of Gonjače view tower from where one can see the Alps transforming into the Dolomites on one side and all the way to the Adriatic Sea with Po plain on the other, if we are lucky enough we will even see all the way to Venice. On the way to Vipava valley we will stop in Vipavski križ and have lunch in local restaurant, another example of great mixture between Slovenian and Italian gastronomic influences. The winery of the day will be Tilia, the house of pinot. We will finish the day with a glass of wine and a slice of delicous Karst prosciutto at Kmetija Škerlj.
DAY 3: After breakfast we will visit the Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana and learn about their growing wine culture. Ljubljana’s castle hill was recently planted with local vine and we will also be able to see the cousine of the oldest wine in the world which is located in the courtyard of Ljubljana’s castle. After sightseeing we will have lunch at local restaurant which is famous for being partly owned by top female chef of 2017 Ana Roš. After lunch we will be heading towards the South-Eastern Slovenia, Bizeljsko region. Our host will be sparkling wine expert Istenič.
DAY 4: Štajerska region is well known for its white wines: riesling, chardonnay, šipon, traminec etc. Our wine cellar of the day will be Steyer. Before we wil arrive there, we will stop in Jeruzalem region. Did you know we have one of our own? The Jeruzalem region is extremely picturesque piece of land, having endless hills transforming one to another and all vines making stripes througout the land. After tasting we will finish our day on top of the wine tower in Lendava – Vinarium.
DAY 5: After beakfast it will be time to return back to towards Ljubljana region. On the way we will stop in Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town. After sightseeing we will be heading towards Zlati grič, another great example of how wine producers who know their goals, can succeed. We will first have lunch in their restaurant which is famous for its great cuisine. After there will be wine tasting with wine tour around their modern cellar. After we will visit world wide famous Charterhous Žiče. When we finish with our visit we will head back to Ljubljana.
What is included?
Pick up/drop off at your location
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Bottled water per guest
Experienced guide who is a wine expert
Small groups only
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I never expected such developed and diverse wine culture to be found in Slovenia. What a nice surprise!
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