Location & History
As can be seen in the map, Slovenia is wedged between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia with a tiny, 40km of it touching the Adriatic Sea in the southwest corner. While the country looks like a running chicken, the geography has lent itself well to wine growing and thusly, people have been growing wine in the region since before Roman times.
Slovenia has been subject to the rule of various different kingdoms over the years, including the Habsburg Empire. Seeing as how they were in the southern reaches of the empire, they became part of the crossroads between East and West which is a role that they continued throughout Yugoslavian times.
Old Town, Ljubljana
Wines & Regions
Slovenia has three main wine producing regions that comprise a little over 1% of the country, or about 60,000 acres with 40,000 registered vineyards.
in the west, is the main red producing region that gives us luscious wines such as Refošk
as well as whites with strong bodies, such as Malvazija
and the rare Pinela
in the south-east, produces mainly white wines including Laski and Renski Riesling, Beli and Sivi Pinot Pinot, and the ancient grape Rumeni Plavec.
in the eastern region that forms the head of the "chicken", produces wines mostly in line with the regular fare of Central Europe including Chardonnay
, and Riesling
Grapes in Podravje