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Introduction to Slovenia

Slovenia, in Central Europe, produces around 26m gallons per year (around 157m bottles). Most of this is good quality white wine, unfortunatley 90% of it is consumed domestically (with 10% going mainly to the US, Croatia, Germany and Italy).

The quality classifications in Slovenia are (in descending order):

  • Vrhunsko vino ZGP  - similar to France's AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • Kakovostno ZGP - similar to France's VDQS (Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure)
  • Deželno vino PGO - similiar to France's Vin de Pays (translating as "Country wine")
  • Namizno vino - - similar to France's table wine

Slovenian wine labels also confirm the level of sweetness:

  • "Suho" - dry
  • "Polsuho" - medium-dry
  • "Polsladko" - medium-sweet
  • "Sladko" - sweet

 

The 3 main regions of Slovenia are:

Primorska

The most well-known region (probably because of its proximity to Italy's Friuli-Venezia Guiulia region), Primorska produces a variety of international varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir), but also local grapes such as Rebula, Refosco and Friulano.

Posavje

Mostly making bulk wines, both white and red, it is also known for making sparkling wine and Cvicek.

Podravje

The largest region which produces mostly white wines (97%).