About Slovenian Wine Making


Slovenia’s winemaking tradition has historically been influenced by Austria to the north and Italy to the west. Despite the emergence of celebrity winemakers, such as Ales Kristancic of Movia, and recent wine media attention, Slovenia is still one of Europe’s greatest wine secrets. Slovenia has been producing quality wines for centuries, and since becoming independent in 1991 it has become a source of highly-redarded private-production wines. Best example – Pullus Late Harvest Riesling from Stajerska Slovenia won the Best of Show Dessert Wine Award at the 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition.


The Podravje Region (aka Stajerska Slovenia)
Stajerska (or Styria) is the largest of three major grape-growing regions in Slovenia. It comprises the northeast corner of the country. Hot summers, cold and dry winters, steep terrain and mainly gravel and clay soil make Stajerska the ideal terroir to produce fresh, crisp, aromatic whites, elegant and gentle reds and unbelievable dessert and icewines.

The best vineyard sites are on hillsides with southern exposure, and Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Traminer and Yellow Muscat produced here are outstanding. Stajerska is also capable to deliver excellent Burgundy style Pinot Noir as well as Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch.

The Primorska Region (aka Brda-Collio and Vipava)
Located in Slovenia's southwest, Primorska is considered one of the most charming and scenic regions of the country. This area of gently rolling hills, occupied by picturesque villages and dotted with small churches, borders the Gorica plains to the east and rises from the Italian Friuli plains to the Korada ridge in the north. The soil here consists of marl and sandstone in alternations. Since the hills are prone to erosion, most of the vineyards must be terraced. They are open towards the Adriatic Sea and take full advantage of about 2,900 hours of sunshine per year