English version English version English version English version Version Française English version

Slovenia Wine - a quick guide to Slovenian Vineyards


Claiming 4 Gold in the Decanter 2012 wine awards, amongst others; Slovenia remains "the leading force in the region". Home to the world's oldest grape vine, wine making in Slovenia existed long before the Romans introduced winemaking to France, Germany and Spain; since the time of the Celts and Illyrian tribes. It's no wonder then that Slovenia has such a rich wine making history and in excess of 28,000 wineries, producing upward of 80 million litres 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 remainder of which is exported. Quality continues to replace quantity as wine makers enhance their skills; as evident by the growing number of award winning wines making their way onto tables the world over. With twenty wine routes to follow, you are bound to find a drop or two to whet your appetite. One drop of particular note is "Cviček". Light red in colour; this slightly sour, yet fresh and light wine, has had a long connection to the Dolenjska area. A blend of Modra Frankinja, Žametna Črnina, Krajevina, Laški Rizling, Rumeni Plavec and Zeleni Silvanec. The steep growing terrain in Slovenia promotes manual harvesting practices over mechanical for most of Slovenia's vineyards.


"There are around 6,000 grape varieties recorded in the world, however at least as many remain unrecorded". 


The information provided is by no means exhaustive and represents only a portionate glimpse of wine-making in Slovenia.



Click here for Vintage Wine Quality in Slovenia guide




Bordering Croatia and Hungary in the east, Podravje is Slovenia's largest wine region covering some 9,650ha and is famous for its sparking wines and world class dessert wines. The wines from this region are amongst Slovenia's most prestigious, with wine being known of in this area since pre-historic times. Almost 97% of wine produced here is white wine. Officially two major areas, these are broken down into 7 smaller districts. See below for more details





With hot summers, little rainfall, thick autumn fog and very cold winters, the grapes in this area mature quickly, but with a low yield due to the lack of summer rainfall. The white wines from this area tend to be semi dry to dry, with Laški Rizling a moderately strong wine occupying over 50% of all vineyards. Red wine accounts for approximately 3% of overall production.
Laški (Italian) Riesling Pinot Blanc *Marof
Chardonnay Pinot Gris  
Sauvignon Traminer  
Rinski Rizling Muskatel  





Haloze is a thin strip of hills running along the banks of the Drava River for 31km. The eastern side noted for its wine making since Roman times. Vineyards tend to be located along the hilltops away from the shade of the eroded lower slopes. Most wines here are produced, bottled and store in nearby Ptuj. White wines dominate this area.
Laški (Italian) Riesling Renski Rizling *KK Ptuj - Haloze
Traminec Šipon *M&M Reberc
Beli Pinot Modri Pinot *Turcan
Sauvignon   *Heaps Good Wine Company





Whilst it is the smallest it is arguably the best wine growing area of the Podravje region, with the highest density of ideal wine growing sites. Situated between the Mura River to the northeast and the Drava River to the southwest, the climate is more balanced due to their cooling effect. There is a long tradition of special quality wines from this area; late harvest and ice wines.
Beli Pinot Laški Rizling *VVS Jeruzalem - Ormož
Ice Wines Chardonnay *Krajnc
Sauvignon Modri Pinot *Vino Kupljen Jeruzalem
Renski Rizling Šipon *Ljutomerčan
Ljutomerčan - (Laški Rizling, Renski Rizling, Chardonnay)  



This area is famous for its aromatic white wines. The majority of wines of the area are produced and stored in Vinag cellar, a 200 year old building known as the Maribor Wine Tabernacle. Covering an area of 4.9 acres in three kilometres of underground tunnels beneath Maribor it is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. It has a storage capacity of 7 million litres of wine with at least 70% of this taken up by classical storage in barrels.
Renski Rizling Sivi Pinot - Rulandec *Crkno
Traminec Rumeni Muškat *Hlupic
Rulandec Modri Pinot - Red *Franc Protner
Modri Burgendec Modra Frankinja - Red *Jože Protner
Laški Rizling Žametna Črnina - Red *SK Šola Maribor
Šipon   *Siker
Chardonnay   *Trojner
Beli Pinot   *Vinag
Sauvignon   *Zlati Grič
Mariborčan (Renski Rizling, Laški Rizling, Sauvignon, Traminec)  
Ritoznojčan (Laški Rizling, Renski Rizling, Šipon)  



Stretching northwest to southeast from Gornja Radgona on the Austrian border to Ljutomer, this area is on the right bank of the Mura River. With hot summers and cold winters it has two sub areas, Radgona and Kapela. These areas differ in soil compostion and mountain ridge orientation. There is a long tradition of producing sparkling wines dating back to the early 19th century.
Zlata Radgonska Penina Sivi Pinot *Borka
Radgonska Ranina Rizvanec *Kapela
Traminec Chardonnay *Franc & Vlado Kupljen
Renski Rizling Modri Pinot *Radgonske Gorice
Beli Pinot    
Janževec (Renski Rizling, Šipon, Laški Rizling, Sauvignon)  



Home to the oldest wine archive in Slovenia, housing pre-war vintages and some of the excellent whites which the area is known for. The climate is mixed with influences from Pannonia being moderated by cooler currents from the Alps. The area is hilly, however, only its southern and eastern slopes are suitable for wine growing.
Sauvignon Šipon *Cvetko
Laški Rizling Rumeni Muskat *Cvitanic
Chardonnay Modri Pinot  



This area lies between two spurs of the Alps. These natural borders make the climate mostlycooler than Haloze. Compensating for less generous nature the growers have had to choose both their sites and their vines carefully. Almost 30% of all vineyards produce a special, fresh Laški Rizling. However, the true specialty of this region, which is consistently among the best in Sloveniais Modra Frankinja.
Laški Rizling Modra Frankinja *Amon
Chardonnay Modra Portugalka *Klet Imeno
Beli Pinot Žametna Črnina *Urbajs
Traminec Modri Pinot  





Ptujska Klet

Pullus Renski Rizling Sji 2008




Šipon Eiswein 2008




Exclusive Furmint 2011




Exceptional Sauvignon Blanc 2011



Jeruzalem Ormož

Laški Rizling - Ledno Vino 2009



Jeruzalem Ormož

Renski Rizling 2011



Puklavec & Friends

Sauvignon Blanc 2011



Puklavec & Friends

Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio 2011



Puklavec & Friends

Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay 2011




Exceptional Chardonnay 2011



Puklavec & Friends

Furmint 2011




Exclusive Pinot Grigio 2011



Puklavec & Friends

Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot 2010






With approximately 4,400 hectares of cultivated wine growing land and annual production of around 10million litres, this is the smallest of the wine producing regions in Slovenia. The Dolenjska area being home to Cviček; the fresh, light and slighly 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. See below for more details
Neighbouring the Dolenjska growing area, Modra Frankinja reaches its best here. The climate is gentle, avoiding the cold winds of the north with its mountainous back. Special to this area are the red, white and rose sparklng wines and tawny port. Indiginous to the area is the Rumeni Plavec white wine, used primarily for blending.
Modra Frankinja Laški Rizling *Barbara *Keltis
Sauvignon   *Vino Brežice *Istenič
Chardonnay   *Vinska Klet Mastnak
Bizeljcan (Laški RIzling, Sauvignon, Rumeni Plavec, Sipon)  
White Sremican (Laški Rizling, Sauvgnon, Rumeni Plavec)  
Red Sremican (Modra Frankinja, Zametna Crnina, Laški Rizling)  




The term "Dolenjska", applied in geography terms, applies to most of the Posavje growing area. Home to Dolenjsko Belo, believed to have medicinal properties and suggeted to alleviate chronic rheumatism and arrest the formation of kidney stones. It is also home to Cviček, the fresh, bitter, refreshing wine that wends its way through the veins of almost all of the locals living in the region. Since 2001 Cviček has been legally protected as a product of "traditional denomination" within Slovenia and the EU.
Laški Rlzling Modra Frankinja *Kmecka zadruga Krsko
Beli Pinot Sauvignon *Vinarstvo Kerin
Cviček (the recipe differs from site to site)  
Dolenjsko Belo (Laški Rizling, Krajevina, Rueni Plavec, Sauvignon, Beli Pinot)  





The last few decades have seen white wines take over what was predominently a red grape growing area. Climatically mixed, the area experiences both Mediterranean and Pannonian influences. Winds bring the warm, humid air from the Adriatic. Spring arrives early, the summer is very hot and winter delivers generous amounts of snow and cold.
Modri Pinot Rumeni Muskat *Merkator - KZ Metlika
Beli Pinot Renski Rizling *Sturm
Chardonnay Laški Rizling *Vinska Klet Prus
Metliska Crnina (Modra Frankinja, Modra Portugalka, Zametna Crnina, Sentlovrenka)  
Belokranjski Rose (Zametna Crnina, Modra Frankinja)  
Belokranjcan (Kraljevina, Laški Rizling)  





Vinska Klet Prus - Jožef Prus

Rumeni Muškat - Straw Wine 2004



Vinska Klet Prus - Jožef Prus

Sauvignon Ice Wine 2003





Slightly smaller in area at 8,081ha but producing up to 30% more wine than the Podravje region, Primorje is the most developed of the three Slovenian wine regions with an annual output of over 25million litres. There is a very stong Italian influence in this area; in language, food, culture, architecture and viticulture.

If you would like to book your wine tour in the Goriška Brda, Vipava valley or the Karst region, you are invited to contact the Winestronouts' team via email: info@winestronaut.com or by phone at: 0038640166042.

See below for more details of the areas


The Goriška Brda region, Slovenia's "Tuscany", has the highest yield per hectare of medals and awards of all Slovenian wine growing areas. Bordering Italy, "brda" simply means hills; which, prone to erosion means that most vineyards are terraced. Although not in direct contact with the coast the climate is Mediterranean, with higher rainfall and moderately hot summers.

Click here for an interesting article on The Goriska Brda in the Financial Times of London.

Briski Tokaj Malvazija *Bjana *Blažič
Beli Pinot Cabernet Sauvignon *Constantini *Carga
Sauvignon Cabernet Frank *Dolfo *Erzetic
Zlata Rebula Merlot *Robert Erzetic *KZ Goriska Brda
Chardonnay Modri Pinot *Kabaj *Kren
Sivi Pinot Shiraz *Druzina Markovic *Kristancic
    *Movia *Nando
    *Persolja *Edvin Simčič
    *Ščurek *Sturnsce
Brisko Vino (Rubela, Tokaj)  





"Teran" is the most characteristic wine of this region. With cold windy winters, frequent long droughts and scorching summers, the Kras climate is best described as harsh.
Teran Prosecco *Cotar
Refošk Merlot *Boris Lisjak
Malvazija Laški Rizling *KZ Vinakras Seana
Krasko Rdece (Refošk, Merlot)  
Krasko Belo (Rebula, Laški Rizling)  






Vita Vitovske Straw Wine 2008




Ruj Refošk Straw Wine 2008




Teran Prestige 2010





Stretching some 24kms, the Vipava Valley stretches from Mt Nanos in the east to Novo Gorica in the west. The most noteable feature of the region is the "Bora" wind, gusting down from Mt Nanos at speeds exceeding 200km/h. Its unique location gives rise to five micro-regions and as many characteristic wines. Grapes from the Zelen and Pinela variety are used to make crisp white wine which this area specialises in.
Malvazija Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique *Batič *Pasji Rep
Rebula Merlot Barrique *Guerila *Sutor
Sauvignon Merlot *Mlečnik *Sveti Martin
Beli Pinot Laški Rizling *Saksida *Tilia Estate
Barbera Zelen *Radivoj Lisjak *Vina Nafa
Cabernet Sauvignon Pinela *Rikot *Vinarstvo Lisjak
Cabernet   *Vipava 1894  
Vipavec (Zelen, Pinela, Laški Rizling, Sauvignon)  





Vipava 1894

Zelen Lanthieri 2011



Vipava 1894

Beli Pinot Ventus 2011



Vipava 1894

Chardonnay Ventus 2011





Red wines dominate this area with Refošk and Malvazija the most widely cultivated grapes. The humid coastal climate for some, encourages the need to plant grass between the rows, to lower the yeild, slow the maturation rate to increase aromas and flavours. Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the Koper area in good years is arguably the best in Slovenia.
Refošk Malvazija *Vinakoper
Cabernet Frank Chardonnay *Korenika & Moškon
Cabernet Sauvignon Rebula *Pucer z Vrha
Merlot Rumeni Muskat *Rojac
White Capris (Rebula, Malvazija, Chardonnay, Rumeni Muskat)  
Red Capris (Merlot, Refošk, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Frank)  
Koprcan (Refošk, Merlot, Cabernet Frank, Gamay)  





Belica Estate


Hotel Tartini


Villa Lavanda

2 br villa - Fijeroga

Spacapanova Hisa


Hotel Piran


AS Wine Estate

3 br villa - Dutovlje

Hisa Marica


Vile Strunjan


Burja & Jugo Apartments

2 x 1 br apts - Piran

Kmetija Stekar


Otocec Castle


Jazz Apartments

4 x studio apts - Piran


Apartment Ana

3 br apartment - Piran


Apartment Villa Fiesa Piran

Apartment Villa Fiesa

1 br villa - Fiesa -Piran



Villa Aurora

2 x 2 br villas - Strunjan

Click to return to the homepage
Slovenia News articles
Top holiday links
Top holiday links
Top property links
Top property links

Click here to view our news RSS feedNews Headlines

Hover over any item to stop it scrolling.

Lonely Planet votes Ljubljana #2 on its "Best of Europe 2014" bucket list
Ljubljana hits top of the charts in so many categories - this time Ljublajana hits No2 spot in Lonely Planet's list of the "best in Europe" - read why!

Slovenia: a modern Ruritania at the crossroads of southern Europe?
Slovenia: A country not only packed with natural wonders and an incredibly scenic variety but also with a very rich history at the cross road of three cultures

Slovenia offers property buyers the best of Europe – at a bargain
The Financial Times thinks "Slovenia offers property buyers the best of Europe - at a bargain" 

Affordable skiing and snowboarding in Slovenia
Fancy skiing but horrified at the price? Slovenia has high quality, low-cost resorts, with great scenery and friendly locals to boot.

One of the most surprising and beautiful places on earth
Slovenia gets a lot of love from "Rough Guides" readers.

Switchback Travel vote Slovenia into their 10 adventure destinations for 2013
Slovenia is described as "a powerhouse for those who love the outdoors" in Switchback's annual adventure travel report

Bled Island Church rated as one of the world's most beautiful
USA Today rates the Church of the Assumption on Bled Island as one of the world's most beautiful churches.

Slovenia makes Fodor's Go list for 2013
Fodor's call Slovenia an undiscovered sliver of Europe with modern style and classic charm.

Slovenia remains in the top 15 most peaceful countries in the world
According to the 2013 Global Peace Index, Slovenia is one of the world's most peaceful countries.

Ljubljana may be Europe's best kept secret
Jay Walljasper of the "Star Tribune" writes how "a much delayed trip to Slovenia's capital reveals an under-the-radar European gem".

Ljubljana shortlisted for European Green Capital 2015
Shortlisted with 3 other European cities Ljubljana is aiming to become Europe's leading Green city for 2015, results to be announced 14.06.13

The Times of London asks "can this be Slovenia?"
Fiona Sims visits Slovenia and is impressed by "cosy lodges, sophisticated cooking and world class wine" and declares it a country "that looks as good as it tastes".

Lonely Planet's "Best value destinations"
Lonely Planet's Best of Travel Report describes Slovenia as being as picture-perfect as Switzerland …. but much smaller and easier on the wallet.

The New York Times discovers Ljubljana's "rich cultural scene" Rachel Doyle is impressed with her 36 hours in Slovenia's capital.

SmarterTravel.com says "words can't do justice" to Lake Bled Lake Bled is picked by smartertravel.com amongst their 27 places in the world "to restore your faith in travel".

Lake Bled - one of the world's 10 most beautiful lakes
Yahoo Travel celebrate the "breathtaking vista" of Lake Bled from its mountain top castle and conclude it is one of the world's most beautiful lakes.

The UK's Daily Mail "falls in love with Slovenia"
Stanley Johnson returns to Slovenia to find a land of "bees, bears, brides and bountiful nature".

Slovenia's Alps and wine country “among the most sustainable and authentic places to visit in Europe”
Slovenia performs outstandingly, coming joint 6th place in a global study of “authenticity and stewardship” by National Geographic Traveler designed to assess the uniqueness of travel destinations

Slovenia - “the most delightful small country of modern Europe”
The Financial Times describes Slovenia as modern Europe's most delightful small country…

Ljubljana voted 5th most idyllic place to live in Europe
In a recent article published by Forbes Magazine, Ljubljana has been voted the 5th most idyllic place to live in Europe, described as a “little Paris” with hints of Art Nouveau - a melting pot of culture at the crossroads of the German, Latin and Slavic worlds.

National Geographic Traveler Magazine is “rendered speechless” by Slovenia’s “sublime landscape”
On a recent tour around the borders of the whole country, Traveler is seduced by stunning landscapes and an intriguing mix of cultures.

Search this site
Contact us
First name:
Last name:
Questions / Comments:
Help us stop spam
Other related websites
About Us About Slovenia Testimonials Useful Links Guest Book Press Terms
UK (connects to office in Slovenia): 0044 (0)208 123 2898 |  Slovenia: 00386 (0)51 725 345  |  info@thinkslovenia.com  |  Skype Me!
Copyright TS1 Ltd      Website design by MWS