Taste autochtonous wines such as zelen, rebula and barbera
Goriska Brda - one of the world’s best wine growing terroirs
Explore stone-built villages located on hill tops; guided tours of local family-run wineries
Vipava Valley - valley with more wine cellars than family homes
The wine world knows Slovenia as a small but diverse wine country. WineXpedition tour combines professional guides specialised in wine, curated wineries and visits to charming stone-built villages in the 2 most prominent wine districts: the Vipava Valley and the Goriska Brda. Autochtonous wines such as zelen, rebula and barbera will be tasted besides renowned global varieties.
Slovenia has long been below the radar of wine connoisseurs across the world. Thanks to acclaimed wine writers, the wine world today knows Slovenia as one of the smallest but most diverse wine regions in the world. There’s only 21.000 hectares of vineyards but 30.000 grape producers and a wine growing history that dates back before the Romans! The Royal British wine authority Jancis Robinson labelled Slovenia as the country with possibly the most unusual wine culture in the world, certainly in Europe.
In this scenic day trip visit two different wine districts of the Primorska (Littoral) wine regions – the Vipava Valley and the Goriska Brda district, where a combination of mineral rich soils and sub-Mediterranean climate enables production of some spectacular wines.
Vipava Valley is known for its crisp and aromatic fresh white wines and for progressive and bold winemakers. The picturesque valley is dotted with stone-built villages located on hill tops, where one can count more wine cellars than family homes and where narrow streets and squares are often swept by the violent “burja” wind. Stop at Vipavski Kriz, a small village with houses, clustered inside a defence wall around a castle from the late 15th century.
Continue to Goriska Brda, located at the footsteps of the Alps and 20 km from the Adriatic Sea. Goriska Brda are one of the world’s best wine growing terroirs. Home not only to vine, the area also produces delicious cherries, persimmons, figs and probably the spiciest olive oil you have ever tasted. Goriska Brda is predominantly the region of beautiful rebula white wine (ribolla gialla), but never underestimate the rich Bordeaux-like blends. Enjoy some free time for lunch or for independent explorations of the area.
Throughout the tour, we stop at up to 3 small family run wineries of these 2 wine counties, with guided tours at each winery, taste 4 wine sample at each, accompanied by delicious local produce cold cuts plates. Return to Ljubljana in late afternoon hours.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
Professional English speaking guide, comfortable transportation, all traffic related costs and organization
Up to 3 winery guided tours with wine tasting (4 samples per tasting): 15€ - 20€ / person per tasting, meals and personal expenses
MINIMUM 2 persons
Tour is available only in summer season, from May 1st to September 30th.
8:30Start of picking up in Ljubljana
10:00Stop at Vipavski Kriz
11:00First winery visit with tasting (Vipava Valley)
13:00Free time for lunch in Smartno, Goriska Brda
15:00Second winery visit with tasting (Goriska Brda)
17:00Third wine tasting (Goriska Brda or Vipava Valley)
19:00Return to Ljubljana
- Selection of visits and wine tastings at local wineries are subject to producers’ availability on specific dates. Please note that the order of sightseeing stops can change.
Good to know
Please bear in mind that we have multiple pick-up points, so it may take up to 15 - 20 minutes for the guide to get to you.
The climate of Goriška Brda and Vipava Valley is perfect for the growth of variety of vines.
Samples of wine will be served at each winery throughout the tour. According to the law, wine and other alcohol beverages are not served to persons under the age of 18.
This tour is a fabulous opportunity to really get to know the local cuisine and traditional delicacies of two different Slovenian regions. Do not miss out trying any of those while tasting wine or at choosing your stop for lunch – go local!
Private driver/guide Private transport Water on board