The average tourist may be surprised at the good quality of Slovenian wines. Still, those familiar with European wine culture know that Slovenia has an important place in it. Those who want to gain a deeper insight into the local wines will find wine routes in the country.
You can learn about a wide range of Slovenian wines through them, from the deep red Teran wines of the Istrian region to the sparkling white wine of Goriska Brda. Local wines are also offered in shops and restaurants.
Grapes are highly valued in Slovenia. The people who have lived here have cared for them with much attention and love for over a thousand years. This heartfelt care is also felt in the taste of the wines.
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Through the wine routes, you can get acquainted with the local wine varieties and get an insight into the traditional gastronomy, history and culture. The primary purpose of the routes is to help tourists relax and recharge in the enchanting Slovenian countryside.
Map - Wine regions
Slovenia has three main wine-producing regions and 20 wine routes. These await visitors with high-quality and interesting sights, providing comprehensive information to complete the experience.
Wine regions of Slovenia
Slovenia is a small but diverse wine-producing country in Central Europe. It has several wine regions that produce a variety of high-quality wines. If you're interested in exploring Slovenian wines, these regions offer a rich and diverse selection to choose from:
Primorska (Littoral) Region
- Goriška Brda: Known as the "Tuscany of Slovenia," this region produces excellent white and red wines, including the indigenous Rebula and international varieties like Chardonnay and Merlot.
- Vipava Valley: Famous for its unique microclimate, this region produces a range of wines, from crisp whites to full-bodied reds.
Posavje (Lower Carniola) Region
- Bizeljsko-Sremič: Known for its sparkling wines, particularly the "Cviček" style, a low-alcohol and slightly acidic red and white blend.
- Dolenjska: Known for producing Cviček and other red and white wines.
Podravje (Drava) Region
- Štajerska Slovenija: Known for its white wines, especially the aromatic varieties like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat. The region is divided into three districts: Maribor, Radgona-Kapela, and Slovene Hills.
- Pomurska: This region is located in the northeastern part of Slovenia and is known for its traditional styles of wines, including Ljutomerčan and Radgona.
- Prlekija: This region is located in the northeast and is known for its white wines, including the indigenous Laski Riesling.
- Haloze: Known for its rolling hills and diverse terroirs, producing a range of wines from white to red.
Bizeljsko - Sremiska wine route
The road in the Posavje region starts from the valley east of Bizeljsko Castle and goes to Sevnica. Many attractions surround it, like Bizeljsko’s beautiful wine cellars, the prestigious Basilica of Brestanica and the four dazzling waterfalls of Bohor near Senovo.
At the end of the wine route, you reach the Castle of Sevnica. In this landscape, both the composition of the soil and the weather are fortunate in viticulture and red and white wine production.
Podgorjanska wine route
At the foot of the Grojanci Mountains, this wine route winds through which you can get to know the ancient Slovenian wine, the Cvics, which is specific to this region. In the Pleterje Monastery, you can taste the local sparkling wine, pear brandy and chardonnay.
You pass several wineries; it is worth visiting them before you reach the castle of Mokrice. In Sentjernej, on a traditional farm, you can see how the locals lived centuries ago. In the smallest town in Slovenia, Kostanjevica na Krki, you can see a sculpture park, but seeing the river Krka is an experience.
Gornjedolenjska wine route
The 64-km-long wine route is one of the longest in Slovenia and one of the most interesting. In some sections, you pass vineyards and orchards; in others, deciduous and pine forests line the road. This route includes the vineyards of Gradisce and Rihpovec, all the way to Trska gora.
Haloze wine route
This wine route starts in Ptuj and ends at the Church of Mary in Ptujska Gora, one of Slovenia's most beautiful Gothic buildings, while also passing the Zetale Open-Air Museum. Sheep and goat farms can be visited, and one of the most interesting sights is the 11th-century Borl Castle. Haloze’s wine cellars hide famous white wines such as Laski Rizling, Sivi Pinot, Traminec or Rumeni Muskat.
Maribor wine route
Maribor wine route starts from the place most worthy of a wine route: the oldest vineyard in the world. It leads to Nebova, touching the Slovenske Gorice Mountains and passing through the fantastic landscapes of Vuberk and Korena. It passes the new high-quality vineyards and wine cellars, where you can taste muscat, green plum and Rhine Riesling. In addition to the cellars, it is also worth going to the farms, where you can stay and buy wines.
The wine route of Jeruzalem
Regardless of the wine route, the Ljutomer-Ormoz mountains are considered by many to be among the most beautiful in the world. The landscapes of the Jeruzalem Wine Route are stunning all year round, and the hosts and fine wines make it all the more complete.
Regarding wine supply, Laski Riesling, Sipon, Pinot and Sauvignon are the main varieties here. Many people in the area believe that power lines run through it; there is a church and an amazing spectacle. The Jerusalem Wine Route is not only a good destination for those who are primarily interested in winemaking but also because of its positive energies.
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