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The Primorska Wine Region

The name "Primorje" is derived from the Slovene words "by the sea"; only a small part of this region is actually on the coast, but its northwest-southwest valleys carry the beneficial influence of the

 Mediterranean far inland. The region is characterized by a Mediterranean climate with an occasional biting northeast wind (called burja), warm summers, and mineral-rich soils - the mix of these characteristics being different for each particular winegrowing area. There are 14,000 hectares of absolute viticultural sites  in the Primorje region, distributed over the four winegrowing areas of Brda, Vipava, Kras and Koper.

ACCOMMODATION:

In the Vipava Valley at a family farm pension owned by a successful winemaker and his family. Their typical Vipava Valley house, with its sleek white arches and stone portal built in 19 century offers a great starting-point for visiting the winegrowing areas of Primorje.

1st day: Arrival to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana

  • Arrival to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana – visit of the city, free for lunch
  • Afternoon visit to wondrously sculpted Postojna caves on the way to the VipavaValley
  • VipavaValley – dinner and overnight in the family farm mentioned above 

The family delight in serving their guests traditional, almost forgotten Primorska dishes such as pork filet stuffed with pršut (prosciutto) and wrapped in grape leaves, rabbit with polenta, fried salami in wine sauce, and a variety of Vipava štruklji (rolled cheese dumplings), and strudels, all accompanied by their award-winning wines. 

2nd day: THE VIPAVA WINEGROWING AREA

Range of top quality wines:

White wines: Sauvignon, Rebula, Malvazija, Barbera
Red wines: Merlot, Barbera, Cabernet
Special wines: Rose, Merlot barrique, Cabernet barrique, Sauvignon barrique
Autochthonous sorts: Zelen, Pinela
  • After breakfast drive through the city of Vipava, from which the valley derives it’s name
  • Degustation in a Mediterranian style village
  • On the way to the Karst region visit to a medieval hill-top town called Stanjel, made entirely in stone through the centuries and full of Gothic details.
  • after that follows the visit of the cellars of a winemaking family, in the heart of the Karst region, famous for it’s indigenous wine Teran and air dried ham “pršut”.

THE KRAS (Karst) WINEGROWING AREA

Range of top quality wines:

White wines: blends from Rebula and Laski rizling
Red wines: blends from Merlot and Refosk
Autochthonous sorts: a red Teran and Teraton (aged Teran)

 

  • Drive to the coast for the visit of one of the three towns – free for lunch

KOPER WINEGROWING AREA

Range of top quality wines:

White wines: blends from Rebula and Laski rizling
Red wines: blends from Merlot and Refosk
Autochthonous sorts: a red Teran and Teraton (aged Teran)

Blended wines: the white blend from Rebula, Malvazija, Chardonnay, and Rumeni Muskat;
the red blend from Merlot, Refosk, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Frank
the dry red blend - a blend of Refosk, Merlot, Cabernet Frank, and Gamay

 

  • Degustation at the largest and most successful wine producer of the Koper area, known mostly for its tasty reds
  • Visit of the 12-13 century church of the Holy Trinity in Hrastovlje. Frescoes in this church are the most striking examples of late Gothic realism, especially the celebrated “Dance macabre” (Dance of Death)

Dinner: a gurment dinner accompanied with wines at a splendid location close to the Slovenian coast


 

3rd day: GORIŠKA BRDA WINEGROWING AREA

Range of top quality wines:

White wines: Tokaj, Pinot blanc, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pint gris, Malvasia
Red wines: Cabernet Frank, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Modri Pinot (variation to Pinot Noir)
Autochthonous sorts : Rebula
Blended wines: dry white blend of Rebula and Tokaj
  • Of all the Slovene winegrowing areas, Goriska Brda has had the highest "per hectare yield" of medals and awards from wine fairs and exhibition in the last two decades. We will visit three families with old winemaking tradition . 
    • Of those the peak of the day will surely be our stop at the winemaker of the brand Movia. Movia was for the year 2003 put by the journal “Wine & Spirits” on the list of the 100 best wine brands in world. The same acknowledgement was given to Movia in 2002 by the journal “Decanter”

Dinner: experience country cuisine in one of many renowned restaurants in the area

4th day: The farewell lunch

  • Since we are accommodated in the heart of the Vipava Valley, it would be a sin not to have a sip of the internationally prized Chardonnay produced by a winemaker who specializes in production in the natural way, without additives and filtration.
  • The farewell lunch at a winemaker’s farm will add to the memorable events of the journey.

Included in the tour price

  • Transportation with car, mini bus or bus.
  • Overnight and breakfast in double room with private bath or shower.
  • Visit to 2-3 wine cellars with guided wine tasting.
  • Escorted tour conducted in English by wine expert.
  • Gourmet dinner with wine.

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