Slovenia Wine Tour Highlights
- Explore the contrasts between different wine growing regions – Slovenia borders Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy, and grows an amazing array of international and indigenous grape varieties.
- Based in the beautiful city of Ljubljana.
- Learn about the history and diversity of Slovenian wine – we may think of Slovenia as a ‘new’ wine destination but we will be visiting wineries that have been established for over a hundred years!
- Meet the current generations of the families who have led the development of Slovenian wine, taste with the winemakers and visit the vineyards.
- Comprehensive tastings at every visit, and five fabulous tasting lunches or dinners.
This tour has commenced – read the blog.
From the Meeting Point at Ljubljana Airport (see Flight Transfers below) we will take a coach to our hotel in Ljubljana. A short walk from the hotel we will have a four course tasting dinner at the acclaimed Manna restaurant. Tim will host the evening and introduce the eclectic diversity of Slovenian wine.
Our first full day takes us west to the Italian border and the beautiful area of Goriška Brda right on the border of Italy. We visit some top class producers such as Simčič and Carman as we explore Malvasia, Refosco, Pinot Grigio and many others. The cuisine is very much Italian influenced and we will be experiencing a superb tasting lunch.
The wonderful Vipava Valley to the south west of Ljubljana is our target for Friday. We taste at the Sutor winery, which has been owned by the Lavrenčič family since 1904. We have a wonderful traditional lunch at a Gostilna in Vipava before tasting at the small family owned Jamšek estate, adding Riesling and Barbera to our collection of varieties!
Saturday is spent around Maribor and towards the Hungarian border. Family winery Ducal will be our first stop followed by a tasting lunch at the esteemed Kupljen estate. Our final night dinner in Ljubljana will be at the superb AS Gostilna restaurant.
We have just enough time for a tasting lunch at the family owned Istenic winery before out transfers back to the Ljubljana Airport (see Flight Transfers below).
Note: the Itinerary may be changed at Tim Syrad Wine Tours discretion so as to facilitate the smooth running of the tour and to accommodate great opportunities for visits or tastings that may become available.
Price and what’s included/not included
- £999 per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room.
- £100 supplement for single occupancy of a double room
- £100 discount for bookings paid for 8 weeks before departure.
- Transport from/to Meeting Point on the first/last days.
- Coach for all activities in the itinerary.
- 5 days (including arrival and departure days)/4 nights in a good 3 star equivalent hotel.
- Three full days of visits and tastings. Approximately 10 wines will be tasted each day.
- Generous continental breakfast every day.
- Four lunches or dinners with local wines.
- All local taxes and service charges.
- The services of Tim Syrad as your Wine Tour manager and Wine Guide.
Please note flights are not included in the price. Many of my clients prefer to extend their holiday before or after my tours, so I let people make their own flight arrangements.
A deposit of £100 is taken at booking.
It is a condition of my accepting a booking that I have proof of clients’ adequate travel insurance.
Booking conditions are available on my website or on request.
Our meeting Point is Ljubljana Airport – there are EasyJet flights from Gatwick and Stansted that arrive on Wednesday afternoon and I will arrange a coach to our hotel, meeting the following flights:
Dep LGW 1300 Arr LJU 1615
Dep STN 1305 Arr LJU 1610
On the Sunday I will arrange transport back to Ljubljana Airport to connect with the Stansted flight, and according to people’s specific requirements I will arrange separate transport to connect with the Gatwick flight (which is much later in the evening):
Dep LJU 1645 Arr STN 1800
Dep LJU 2155 Arr LGW 2315
Please contact me if you would like to discuss travel options, for example flying from a different airport or making the journey by rail or driving. I cannot arrange travel for you, but I can advise on what might work best.
Once I have confirmed a booking I advise clients to arrange flights and confirm travel arrangements to me. Please do not arrange flights before I have confirmed your booking.
More about what to expect from my Slovenian Wine Tour
The two tours I ran in 2017 were a huge success, as everyone who came on them will agree! To find out more about them please read the Tour Report.
If you want to visit a wine region at the start of its journey to international renown, then this is the tour for you. Slovenia has a range of terroirs that are linked to famous neighbours such as Friuli and Styria, but produce wines of unique character, reflecting an long tradition of winemaking and dedication to using indigenous grape varieties. Many of the wineries we are visiting are owned by families who have been making wine for decades or even hundreds of years, and whose current generations are combining the benefits of modern technology with grapes harvested from old vines grown in near perfect conditions with some truly spectacular results.
The variety of wines we will taste is stunning. To the west, and the border with Italy, we will taste reds ranging from rustic Barberas to elegant Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots, and dry and sweet whites made from Malvasia, Muscat Pinela and Prepih. To the northeast, we will discover fresh and aromatic whites made from Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Šipon (probably the same grape as Furmint from Hungary). Add to the mix newer plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and some very ‘traditional’ varieties such as Welschriesling (the town Lutomer lent its name to a brand of Laski Riesling that was once the best selling wine in the UK), and an adventurous exploration of tastes and styles is guaranteed!
However, I believe that the most enduring memory people will keep from this tour is of the passion and ambition of the winemakers we meet, and the warmth of welcome we receive at every place we visit. Slovenians have much to be proud of – fabulous scenery, beautiful towns, delicious local cuisine and of course some brilliant wines – and they are keen to share it with wine lovers.
As with all my tours I have created an itinerary that reveals the essence of Slovenian wine, without overloading the senses (and stomach) with long coach journeys and visits. That said, to do Slovenia justice we do have to put some miles in to get from Primosrska in the West to Podravje in the Northeast, and I have therefore decided to spend two nights in Lubjlana and two nights in Maribor on the tour commencing 10th May.
Anyone who has toured with me before will confirm that it’s not just about the wine. I seek out food experiences that complement the wines we are exploring, and express the best of the region. Each day we have either dinner or lunch, accompanied by local wines, and on our final day we have both! We do have some free time to explore Ljubljana and Maribor at leisure but I do recommend adding a bit of time to your visit if you can, to discover more about this beautiful, friendly country. My expertise is wine, but I can put you in touch with local tour operators who can offer itineraries to add on to your holiday, so please get in touch if you would like to discuss that.
More about Tim Syrad Wine Tours
Since 1997 I have escorted over 90 groups of people on tours to wine regions in Europe and the New World. My clients keep coming back year after year because in addition to tastings and visits we really do meet the people who make the wine and tend the vines.
I personally escort all my tours, and I ensure as much as possible of the money my clients pay is spent on great food and wine, and good hotels.
For more information about me, my next tours, and previous tours I have run, and to find out what my clients say (some of whom have been coming on tour with me since 2001) please explore the website.