The oldest vine in the world has a canonical age of 450 years! Where is it? It is a Franconian blue vine located in Slovenia!
After having resisted the various invasions and wars in the region, the phylloxera of the 19th century, this vine grows on the ancient walls of the town of Lent in Maribor, Slovenia. Planted at the end of the Middle Ages, at a time when the Turks besieged the region, this old vine still produces grapes in 2020, at the rate of a few tens of kilos for a hundred liters bottled.
In the center of Europe, Slovenia is at the crossroads of European civilizations. A land of wine and terroir, it has nothing to envy from other destinations on the wine world map. Wine competition is fierce in the Balkans and Slovenia leads the way with original and confidential production.
Come and live the Slovenian experience that will awaken all your senses!
The discovery of Slovenian archaeological sites testify to a wine production and trade mastered by the Celts long before the arrival of the Romans. Today, always in search of innovation and the preservation of know-how, discover the unique grape varieties of Slovenia sublimated by Ana Ros, world famous woman chef, promoted to the Michelin star, who offers a cuisine of terroir. She will make you discover all the aromas of the wines accompanying her dishes. A unique gastronomic experience!
At the crossroads, between Italy, Hungary, Croatia and Austria, Slovenia has distinguished itself by offering wines influenced by its neighbors with its own identity. On a territory as large as Champagne (21,500 hectares), you will find common grape varieties such as pinot’s blanc and gris, chardonnay, sauvignon as well as indigenous grape varieties including rebula (ribolla), picolit, jakot, and verduc. Podravje region in the east is the country’s largest wine-growing area, and produces white wines made from furmint, riesling and traminer. These are traditionally semi-dry or sweet.
Regarding the red wines, they are obtained from the grape varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir. The Goriška Brda region is also distinguished by its own grape varieties, of which refošk (refosco) is the most famous. The traditional red, Teran, is vinified using a type of refosco called terrano, a grape that grows on limestone plateaus, the acidity of this variety revealing aromas. Ideal with cured meats, it is a wine to be enjoyed while still young.
– The conquest of the vineyards in the East and West of the country
– The discovery of unique ancestral grape varieties and orange wines
– Charming accommodation
– Local cuisine with a tasting in a 1 * restaurant in the Michelin guide
– The shores of the sunny Adriatic to relax
– a stay in a European capital with bohemian charm
We can speak of a real renaissance of Slovenian viticulture, after 4 decades of Yugoslav collectivism. To stand out, with a small production and strong competition, the Slovenes are committed to offering the best wines, and tastes unknown to foreign palates.
Viticulture has adapted to the south-eastern slope of the Alps where they benefit from a variety of soils and a particular climate for a wide range of grape varieties. Hills and plains, irrigated by the Drava in the east of the country or even vineyards in Istria on sunny terraces on the edge of the Adriatic with a Mediterranean climate.
A water drop in the global wine-growing lands with 22,300 hectares planted (0.5% of European vineyards), the country nevertheless produces some of the best wines in the world.
A few resilient winegrowers are the pillars of all this culture and heritage around wine with a confidential, artisanal and unique production.
The Slovenian winegrowers of this new century are organizing to promote viticulture in a union “Slovenian Winegrowers and Producers Association”. They are concerned with quality production while respecting the balance of a complex ecosystem. Slovenians are eager to preserve their nature, which drives them to produce organic wines supporting their values.
A wine with 4 dimensions…
After white, red and rosé, discover orange wines, the 4th color of wine to be officially recognized.
Stemming from ancestral know-how, originating in Georgia, the homeland of wine, so-called “orange” wines are obtained from white grape varieties (rebula) which have been vinified with grape skins which gives this characteristic color with the release of resveratrol and anthocyanin contained in the skin of the grape. The Slovenian orange wines stand out with this production. There is even an Orange Wine Festival in the small coastal town of Izola in October (https://orangewinefestival.si). These are tannic wines, which can accompany an entire meal. So let yourself be tempted.
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