Experience the quality of the wines from Vipava Valley and learn about their rich history from the local winemakers.
In recent years, Slovenia has been recognized as one of the top wine-growing countries. Home to the oldest grapevine in the world, the country has an extremely rich and interesting history of winemaking. Whether you prefer white or red, sweet or dry, we guarantee in Slovenia there is the perfect variety waiting for you to taste it.
If you are not sure where to find it, here’s a tip. No other Slovenian wine region boasts as many old indigenous varieties as the Vipava Valley, so it is the perfect destination for a wine tasting experience that will last a lifetime.
What makes Vipava Valley so special?
Discover the secrets of Vipava Valley wine-making
One of the appeals of Vipava Valley is without a doubt its unique location. It is caught between the Alpine, Karst, and the Mediterranean, so by visiting this amazing region, you will get the best of three worlds. Vipava is considered a transitional region and because of that, it endured many turbulent conflicts. One of the most famous ones was the Battle of the Frigidus, a battle between the Western and Eastern halves of the Roman Empire.
But even the vicious fighting did not stop a tradition that is inseparable to the residents of Vipava Valley. And that tradition is winemaking.
Indigenous varieties preserved with dedication and love
Try the authentic varieties of Slovenian Wine
The combination of the unique location, favorable soil composition, and sunny climate allowed the winemakers of the valley to preserve a surprising number of historic local varieties. Although there are some amazing red wines to try when wine tasting in Slovenia, like Barbera or Merlot, the region is most famous for its white varietals.
An authentic grape variety that you simply must try when visiting Vipava is Zelen. Its gentle flowery and fruity aromas are complemented by Mediterranean herbs that give it a very special taste. Some other indigenous white varieties are Pinela, Klarnica, and Pergolin.
Unmatched hospitality of the local winemakers
Learn from the knowledgeable winemakers
“Give a man a bottle of wine, he drinks for a day. Teach a man to make wine, he’ll always have lots of friends” is an ancient winemaker’s proverb that you will find to be very true once you visit the dedicated winemakers from Vipava Valley. They will be more than glad to share with you their stories, teach you about the history of the region and if you are lucky, share with you some secrets to making great wine.
We recommend booking a wine tour on which you will be welcomed by some of the best local winemakers that will take you to their wine cellars where you will get a taste of the region’s authentic varieties.
Tasty local cuisine
Make memories at a traditional wine tasting
There are not many pleasures in life that exceed pairing rich authentic wines with tasty local cuisine in the company of your closest ones. Taking a break and trying some traditional foods will also give you the energy to explore this region to the fullest.
You simply cannot go wrong with dry-cured Karst prosciutto, known as “Kraški Pršut” in Slovenian. Its texture and taste pair the wines so well, that it became almost synonymous with a proper Slovenian wine tasting. That way, you will be taken on an incredible culinary journey that you, and especially your taste buds, will never forget.
For an all-inclusive wine-tasting adventure in the exceptional Vipava Valley visit Wine Tours Slovenia and experience the country’s rich winemaking tradition in a single day.