SLOVENIA WINE REGIONS
Claiming four Gold medals in the Decanter 2012 wine awards, among other rewards, Slovenia remains 'the leading force in the region'. Home to the world's oldest grapevine, winemaking in Slovenia existed long before the Romans introduced winemaking to France, Germany, and Spain, since the time of the Celts and Illyrians. It is no wonder that Slovenia has such a rich winemaking history and some 28.000 wineries, producing 80+ million liters of wine annually from its 22.300 hectares of vineyards. Roughly, 75% of that production is taken up with white wine. Almost all of the wine produced in Slovenia is consumed domestically, the rest is exported. Quality continues to replace quantity as winemakers enhance their skills, as evident by the growing number of award-winning wines making their way onto tables of restaurants and wine bars all over the world. With twenty wine routes to follow, you are bound to find a drop or two to whet your appetite.
3 Main Wine Regions in Slovenia
Podravska Wine Region
Bordering Croatia and Hungary in the east, Podravje is Slovenia's largest wine region covering some 9.650 hectares. It is famous for its sparkling wines and excellent dessert wines. The wines from this region are amongst Slovenia's most prestigious, with wine being known in this area since pre-historic times. Almost 97% of wine produced here is white wine. There are officially two major areas, which are divided into seven smaller districts.
Posavska Wine Region
With approximately 4.400 hectares of cultivated wine growing land and annual production of around 10 million liters, this is the smallest of the wine producing regions in Slovenia. The Dolenjska area is home to Cviček – the fresh, light and slightly sour red wine. Cviček has a rich history of more than 200 years and is the wine of choice for most households in the Dolenjska area.
Primorska Wine Region
Slightly smaller in the area at 8.081hectares but producing up to 30% more wine than the Podravje region, Primorje is the most developed of the three Slovenian wine regions with the annual output of over 25 million liters. There is a very strong Italian influence in this area – in language, food, culture, architecture, and viticulture.