A Quick Guide to Slovenia 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.
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 9,650ha 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.
Posavska Wine Region
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.
Primorska Wine Region
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.
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