Underrated Wine Region: Slovenia
When you think of the best wine regions of the world, the first country to come to mind probably isn’t Slovenia. However, it definitely should be, because Slovenia has been quietly producing high-quality wine for over two thousand years.
Slovenia is a pretty small country, of just two million people, that sits in between Central and Southeastern Europe, touching both the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s bordered by Austria, Hungary, Italy, and Croatia, all of which influence the country’s culture, food, and life.
The Eastern European nation has over 28,000 wineries that produce between 80 and 90 million liters of wine every year. About 75% of the country’s wine production is white wine, and almost all of the total wine they produce is consumed domestically, which explains why we’re just learning about it now.
There are three wine-growing regions of Slovenia: Primorska, Podravska, and Posavska. The Podravje region is the largest, covering about 9,650 hectares, and produces some of the country’s most famous sparkling and dessert wines. The country’s oldest vine (over 450 years old!) is still growing strong in Malibor, a city of this region, and the country’s oldest sparkling wine producer resides here as well.
The Posavska region is the smallest, covering only 4,400 hectares, and produces about 10 million liters a year. This area is known for the Cvicek wines, which is a bright red that has a slightly sour taste and is made up completely of Slovenian reds and whites.
The Primorska region isn’t much bigger than the Posavska region but it produces about 30% more, with an output of 25 million liters every year. This area is known for its Italian influences in culture and food, which translates to the wines.
Slovenia is a beautiful country with a lot to offer, especially in the world of food and wine. You can tour by foot, car, or boat, and you can experience many different wines in many different regions.