Pictures: 1) Šmartno, Goriška Brda 2) Wine tasting 3) Vines in Goriška Brda, 4) Dobrovo, Goriška Brda.
Wine & sightseeing tours
Private 1-day tours from 40.00 euros and half day tours from 30.00 euros per person.
Our unique 1-day wine & sightseeing private tours of Slovenia are ideally suited to couples or small groups of friends or family who would like to explore the most popular sights and hidden gems of the region whilst indulging their quest for discovering new wines.
We would like to think of ourselves and our clients as wine enthusiasts rather than wine experts, discovering and enjoying new wines in relaxed and informal settings. Regular client feedback tells us that many of our most enjoyable winery experiences are provided by our carefully selected smaller producers who are passionate about their wines, just as much those provided by the established big names. We therefore organise visits to a range of wine makers both small and large, so that you can compare for yourself. Our recommended wineries have been researched and selected for the quality of their wines, a good selection of grape varieties that are typical for that region and for their friendliness and hospitality. Where possible our wine tasting and cellar tours are co-hosted by the owners of the vineyards so that you can meet the personalities and find out first hand the stories behind their wines.
Slovenia has three defined wine regions which are located in the south-west of the country (Primorje), the south-east (Posavje) and the north-east (Podravje). These three regions are further divided into sub-regions and here is a summary of the sub-regions featured in our wine & sightseeing tours.
Goriška Brda (our so called ‘Tuscany of Slovenia’), the Vipava Valley and the Karst region are all located in the Primorje (Primorska) wine region of Slovenia and adjacent to the border with Italy. You will be able to sample a good range of red and white wines, from grape varieties you will be familiar with such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Furthermore, the region offers lesser known grape varieties for your discovery and enjoyment, including Zelen, Rebula, Pinela & Malvasia (whites) and Barbera, Teran & Refošk (reds).
The scenery of this region is absolutely stunning, characterised by rolling hills, cypress trees, medieval hill top villages and lush green vineyards – all sandwiched between the dramatic mountain peaks of the Julian Alps and the Italian Dolomites to the north, and the azure blue Adriatic sea to the south – providing contrasting backdrops to the fairytale landscape of this beautiful wine region. The area is also renowned for its fantastic cuisine where you can enjoy a good variety of traditional Slovene dishes with hints of Italian influences.
The Istrian wine hills of the Slovenian Adriatic are also located in the Primorje wine region of Slovenia, where the Italian influences on the wine, food and culture are again characteristic of the area. This region is located directly on the Adriatic coastline, nestled between Trieste to the north and the Croatian border to the south, historically being part of the Venetian Republic and Italy itself. The ‘terroir’ of the region, with its rocky landscape, chalky soil, infamous ‘burja’ wind and a dry climate lends itself perfectly to the most popular Refošk (Refosco) and Malvasia grape varieties. Other popular varieties in this region include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The Podravje wine region of Slovenia, is located in the region of Štajerska, in the north-east of the country nearby to the borders with Austria, Hungary and Croatia. This region is best known for its outstanding white wines and sparkling wines including Riesling, Muscat Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon and the lesser known Traminec, Šipon (Furmint) and Kerner varieties. However, the region also produces some more than respectable smooth reds including Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This region is also blessed with some beautiful contrasting scenery, from the highest points of the gentle rolling Jeruzalem wine hills down to the fertile Drava river valley below. Reminiscent of parts of Austria and Germany, there are several picture postcard medieval towns in the area, including Ptuj which is reputed be Slovenia’s oldest town. Magnificent ancient castles dating back to Hapsburg times or the Austro-Hungarian era also provide an interesting addition to the landscape. The food specialities of this region are most influenced by a combination of Slavic and Germanic traditions, offering an interesting contrast to the south western and coastal regions of Slovenia.
Our private tour prices include your custom made itinerary, private hire of a deluxe 7-seater or 8-seater minivan with an experienced English speaking driver/guide, motorway tolls, driver/guide expenses and local taxes. The fees for wine tasting are extra and are typically priced between 15.00 and 25.00 euros per person, per wine cellar. These normally include five or six different wines which are representative of the region plus a few nibbles to complement the wines. Traditional local restaurant lunches average around 20.00 euros per person.
Full day private tour, 1 to 4 persons = 275.00 euros
Half day private tour, 1 to 4 persons = 175.00 euros
Full day private tour, 5 to 8 persons = 325.00 euros
Half day private tour, 5 to 8 persons = 225.00 euros
When you are making your enquiry, please tell us your preferred combination of places to visit and we will provide you with a recommended itinerary for your consideration. You can be sure that our itineraries will allow for an adequate amount of allotted time for each location and that we will build in realistic journey times in between places. All pick ups and drop offs are ‘door to door’.