Primorska is a region in the southwest of Slovenia, bordering on Italy to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the south-west. Boasting the warmest climate in Slovenia (sub-Mediterranean climate), special kinds of soil and unique combination of Alpine climate influences, Primorska is an ideal location for wine growing. Over 20 wine grape varieties are grown in Primorska – red varieties, such as Barbera, Merlot, Refošk (Refosco) and Cabernet Sauvignon, are predominant in the districts of Kras (Karst) and Slovenska Istra (Slovenian Istria), while white varieties, such as Zelen, Rebula (Ribolla) and Sauvignon, are more common in Goriška Brda (Gorica Hills) and Vipavska Dolina (Vipava Valley). Wineries from Primorska region are well-known all over Europe and have also been conquering the exquisite tastes of North American wine markets in the past decades – some of them have even been ranked among top 100 wineries in the world multiple times by the prestigious Wine & Spirits magazine.
Goriška Brda, a hilly region in the westernmost part of Slovenia, offer amazing natural beauty and a pleasant microclimate, so it is no wonder that the wine grapes grown in this area can be turned into fantastic wines. This region has the highest yield per hectare of medals and awards of all Slovenian wine growing areas. Although Goriška Brda offer a wide variety of fine wines, both varietal and blended, their best known products are certainly varietal Rebula and Sauvignonasse.
Vipavska Dolina boasts numerous plateaus and hills on its edges – ideal spots for wine-growing. Over 2000 hectares of vineyards in Vipavska Dolina are predominantly filled with autochthonous white grape varieties, among which Zelen and Pinela are the most widely spread. It is thus not a surprise that the varietal Zelen and Pinela are also two of the most popular wines from this wine-growing district.
Kras is one of the smallest of the 9 wine-growing districts of Slovenia with only 700 hectares of vineyards, but what it lacks in size it easily makes up in special natural conditions which guarantee an unforgettable experience, regardless of whether we are talking about this region’s landscape or the taste of its wines. Dry climate, strong winds and special red soil known as terra rosa serve as the base for renowned wine varieties such as autochthonous Teran (Terrano) and Vitovska Grganja.