Slovenia, a fast growing wine market

by Luis Bobadilla

During the past years, we have been witnessing a true discovery of wine regions of a great tradition. But until now, it had remained outside the usual circuits of the international wine radar.

This is the case of Slovenia, a rather young country born of the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, with a long history in wine production. Unfortunately, its market had not reached the palates of the general public.

In fact, winemaking in this small Balkan country dates back to Celtic times, even before the Roman domination of the region. According to a legend, in the Middle Ages the crusaders who crossed this area in search for the Holy Land, were so captivated by the quality of local wine that they abandoned their duties to establish themselves at this place.

However, until the early years of this century, Slovenia has remained somewhat hidden to experts of the wine world. Even among countries that by geographical proximity would be a potential target market.

Currently, this situation is starting to change as producers are benefiting from the economic opening of the present age. On the one hand, leaving back the hard economic control of the former federation of Balkan states and, on the other hand, the consequences of political and social instability in the last decades of the 20th century.

To support this enormous potential growth, the country offers a great variety of soils and climates, allowing it to offer a wide range of wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Welschriesling types and SIPON, the local variety of the famous Hungarian Tokay.

Although currently only 10% of Slovenian wines are exported, the forecast for local producers is growing fast for the coming years and it should come to no surprise to find more Slovenian wines as time goes by.

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Batic Rebula 2014:a white wine Vipava harvested in 2014. Uvinum community values Batic Rebula 2014 with 4 points on 5.

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Stemberger Malvazija Dezelno 2013:  a white wine from the Slovenia DO from the 2013 vintage and presents an alcohol content of 13º. A wine white rated with 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users.

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