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Slovenia

We are pleased to be adding Slovenia to our ever growing list of countries with which we work. Whilst the country is almost unheard of with regards to global wine commerce, wine has been produced here by the Celts and Illyrian tribes since before the Romans, and in the middle ages produced by the monks and monasteries.

70% of production is focussed on quality and premium wine and only about 30% of total production is classed as table wine. Over the past few years, an increase in wine tourism has helped with awareness and wine distribution. With regard to the climate, soils and terroir, they have wine-growing areas that compete with the best in the world. There are 3 main wine regions, Posavje and Podravje to the East of the country and Primorska in the West.

Primorska, the most exciting wine region in Slovenia is not far from the border with the Fruili region of Italy, and they share some of the highly varied geographical features. Not surprisingly its climate mirrors its varied terrain with a unique blend of mild Mediterranean and continental Alpine temperatures that produce some very special grapes.

The Vipava valley is within the Primorska region and has a fairly unique climate; mostly hot, with early autumnal rains; and produces a variety of whites, such as Rebula, Sauvignon, Malvazija, La┼íki Rizling and Chardonnay and a good selection of  quality reds, such as Merlot, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Modri Pinot.

Thanks to the perseverance of local producers and the adoption of modern production methods, many rare and ancient grape varieties have been re-established and makes this area particularly special for its rare, indigenous wines from the exquisite Zelen and Pinela grapes and two other very old and rare specialties are Klarnica and the unforgettable dessert wine Pikolit!