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In spite of its vast forests, Slovenia is a winegrowing country and has enough space for the grapevine, which has been at home here for more than two thousand years. During a good harvest, some 24,500 hectares of vineyards produce around a million hectoliters of wine. Slovenia's three winegrowing regions of Primorska, Posavje, and Podravje are divided into fourteen winegrowing districts. Slovenia boasts a wide variety of vines that produce all the world's well-known white wines including Rizvanec, Laski Rizling, Renski Rizling, Sauvignon, Beli Pinot, Sivi Pinot, Chardonnay, Kerner, Traminec, Rumeni Muskat, and Muskat Otonel and numerous red wines including Portugalka, Modra Frankinja, Refosk, Barbera, Merlot, Modri Pinot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The winegrowing regions: Primorska, Posavje, Podravje

In all three winegrowing regions, excellent sparkling wine (penina) is produced according to the classic French method with a second fermentation in the bottle.


The westernmost winegrowing region of Primorska is divided into the districts of Brda, Kras, Vipava, and Koper, which are known for their excellent red and white wines. Primorska is particularly proud of its autochthonous or indigenous grape and wine varieties such as Pikolit and Rebula, which is particularly at home in Brda, the wine district that merges at the border with Italy's Collio winegrowing region. We also find a good Rebula in the Vipava Valley as well as Friulian Tokaj. Refosk is typical of the Koper district, the red soil of Kras produces the unique Teran with its distinctive lactic acid content and Grganja, and the Vipava Valley boasts Grela, Zelen, and Pinela. From this region come dry wines with a full body and a harmonious integrity that offer numerous culinary possibilities. Its white wines are distinguished by fruitiness and a balance between acidity and the minimal remnants of sugar, while its red wines are most remembered for their marvelous bouquet and the taste of young forest fruits. The mature wines have more distinct qualities of the excellent wines that the world knows largely from France.


The Posavje winegrowing region, which lies in the southern and southeastern parts of Slovenia along the Sava River, includes the Bela krajina, Dolenjska, and Bizeljsko-Sremiski winegrowing districts. A real specialty of Dolenjska is Cvicek, a light red wine blended from two red grape varieties, modra frankinja and zemetna crnina, and a white variety, kraljevina. It is popular due to its pleasant acidity and moderate alcohol content. From Bela Krajina also comes the Metliska Crnina known all across Slovenia.


The Podravje winegrowing region in northeastern Slovenia along the Drava River includes the districts of Maribor, Ljutomer-Ormoz, Radgonska- Kapelske Gorice, Prekmurske Gorice, Slovenske Gorice, Srednje Slovenske Gorice, Haloze, and Smarje-Vrstanj. The Podravje region is known for its wide variety of white wines such as Sipon and Ranina from Stajerska. There are more semi-dry and semi-sweet wines than dry wines here, and the region is remarkable for its special harvest wines and top- quality provenance wines.

Maribor - 400 year-Old Vine

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