Slovenia is the green heart of Europe; the land where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the edge of the Pannonian Plain. The country is famous for its dramatic mountain views, stunning lakes and rivers, gigantic limestone caverns, and rocky coastline. It is the perfect place for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and, of course, for grape growers.
Slovenians refer to two million inhabitants – sincere, hospitable people of great diligence. It has an exceptional number of tory like many larger European nations, but the past is nevertheless important. For many it is surprising that such a small nation, without kings or famous military leaders of its own, could even form, survive and carve out an independent path. But this is the result of the resilience and determination of the Slovene people, whose culture and common language have survived for centuries.
History of wine production
Slovenia has a tradition of grape growing and wine making that dates back to the 4th century (BCE); before the arrival of the Romans. The wine trade grew and prospered during the Roman times and continued to expand until the arrival of phylloxera in 1880 and the devastation brought by World War I and II. The communist era policies of the Yugoslavian government prevented investment or advancement in winemaking until Slovenia gained its independence in 1991. But since then, the world is starting to recognize how the unique climate and geological features of Slovenia combine to make this one of the most interesting place to grow grapes and make wine.
Slovenia is gaining recognition for things other than wine. Despite being a country of only two million people, athletes from Slovenia are having tremendous success in basketball, cycling, and various winter sports. Tourism is growing as people discover the numerous hiking, biking, and white water rafting opportunities that exist around the country as well as the museums and festivals that celebrate the culture and history. Slovenia also holds the title of 2021 European Region of Gastronomy and six restaurants received Michelin Stars in 2020.