In September 2019 Mojca the owner of trademarks Enjoy Slovenia and Fine Slovenian Wine hosted Lawrence Francis from Interpretingwine. In four days they traveled through Slovenia visiting winemakers in all Slovenian wine regions and most of the subregions. The podcasts about Slovenian wine and Slovenian winemakers have been published at Interpretingwine.
First, we visited the wine cellar Vino Graben in Bizeljsko – Sremič wine region. Vino Graben is a renowned and internationally recognized brand of the highest quality wines. They grow around forty-five varieties of grapes on some 40,000 vines, covering over seven hectares. This gives them a good starting point for the production of a wide variety of wines (they have produced over 200). The wide range of the highest quality wines is a delight for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, as practically anyone can find something to their taste. Their white, red, dry, and sweet wines make up only a fraction of their offer since wine has virtually unlimited potential (indigenous wines, barrique wines, distilled wines, gelatin-fined wines, dessert wines, low-pressure sparkling wines, etc.).
Wine estate Vino Gaube is located next to the Austrian border and an only 30-minute drive from Graz or a 20-minute drive from Maribor. Above Gaube, wine estate is the heart-shaped road between the vineyards.
The family process 9 hectares of vineyards planted predominantly with white varieties. They are mostly known as producers of fresh, fruity wines, where the varietal characteristics of each wine can express nicely.
The history of vine growing in our family dates back for at least five generations, the author of this noble mission, however, was Kaspar GAUBE, which already built the wine cellar in 1895. In the years 1901 – 1904, he received the first awards for a wine, which is still well preserved. And he is the one that marked their new line of wines with the name of Kaspar.
More about the wine estate Gaube and Gaube wines you can listen at the www.interpretingwine.com/413
Maribor is a town of the oldest vine on the planet Earth. It has survived more than any of us and still yields the crop from which they make wine every year. Today, more than 400-year-old vine adorns the House of Wine in Maribor, along the Drava River. With a wine guide, we tried several premium Styrian wines and explored the Vinag’s wine cellar. Much more about Maribor and its winemakers you can hear at www.interpretingwine.com/414
The hills surrounding Žička Kartuzija, the first Chartusian monastery outside France or Italy are home to Sanctum wine estate. At Sanctum, that means something secret, they grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The wine cellar is small, family-owned,
respecting the land, sustainable viticulture, and minimal intervention winemaking. Because they believe that wine is made in the vineyard, they avoid additions in the wine cellar. They use spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The goal is to make wines that are a true expression of their unique terroir, wines of elegance, balance, and purity. More about Sanctum wines you can hear at the link: www.interpretingwine.com/415
From Slovenian Styria, we drove over Ljubljana and head to the Primorska wine region. Primorska has four subregions: Vipava valley, Kras, Goriška Brda, and Slovenian Istria. First, we visited Vipava valley and biodynamic wine cellar Guerila. Interesting facts about biodynamic wine production and how the wines of Guerila wine estate tastes you can hear at the link www.interpretingwine.com/416
Cejkotova homestead – Goče
On the way, you need to eat. And why not having something local, homemade in a stone village with more than 70 wine cellars – unfortunately most of them are abandoned today. There is a bright exception, Davorin Mesesnel that runs Cejkotova Homestead in Goče village with his wife and son. The wife is in charge of the excellent kitchen and the son produces wines that perfectly match the mother’s kitchen. Your taste buds will be hungry for dry prosciutto, fresh cottage cheese, and local olive oil. Listen to the podcast www.interpretingwine.com/417 and reserve your table at Cejkotova homestead in Goče, Vipava valley.
Renčel Boutique Wine Estate
Over the hill is the Karst wine region. Karst is recognized by underground caves (Škocjan caves), prosciutto, and Teran ruby red wine. In Dutovlje we visited an artist among winemakers, Joško Renčel. The vineyards of boutique wine cellar Renčel are spontaneously planted with grass and treated in an ecologically sensitive way. There is no treatment with herbicides and fertilizers. Harvest is among the lastest in the area (September, October) in order to achieve maximum maturity of the grapes.
The wine varieties that have been cultivated by Renčel, boutique wine cellar are Malvasia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Vitovska, Teran, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir. Their red, white, dry, and sweet wines are made in a natural way (no cultured yeasts, no added tannins or acids, no cleaning, and filtering…) and special in all aspects. More first hand information about Renčel, boutique wine cellar you can get at www.interpretingwine.com/418
In Pliskovica in Karst wine region, there is a lovely hostel where you can enjoy peace and tranquility while exploring the wine cellars, wine ruts, Lipica stud farm, Škocjan caves, hills and more. Next to it, is a Homestead Vrabči, a family farm with a longstanding tradition of making different types of schnapps, brandy, liquors, and wines. Brothers Ivo and Edi are convinced that as long as people respect nature, they will be richly rewarded. The herbs often found in schnapps and brandy are picked around the village and selected by hand. They desire to ‘capture’ the essence of the Karst in a colorful palette of schnapps, brandies, liquors, and wines and bring it to your homes. More about their products you can listen at www.interpretingwine.com/419
Now, for sure you have a desire to come to Slovenia and visit all these places and explore the other landmarks. But where to start? What would be best for you? Do not worry, we are here for you. Listen to the podcast about Slovenia, what to expect, what to experience through the eyes of Mojca, the owner of the Enjoy Slovenia, and Fine Slovenian Wine brands at www.interpretingwine.com/420 . We offer daily wine tours or let’s call it wine experiences, self-drive tours, short weekend breaks, adventure tours including botanic walks, hiking mountains, cycling the hills, water sports, caving, and exploring Slovenia through your taste buds. All the tours are custom made, adjusted to your wishes and needs.
In the end, we choose Zaro wine cellar that offers a range of wines They are located just over the beautiful Izola peninsula and you can taste their wines in their wine bar in Izola. More about the philosophy of Matej Zaro and the wines he produces you can hear at the link www.interpretingwine.com/421
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Cheers / Na zdravje and hopefully see you soon in Slovenia!