5 Sep 2008 by Jancis Robinson

This is the most westernised wine producer of all, making some extremely fine, pure, racy, mostly white varietals in two zones, respectively in the hills of the extreme west (Primorska) and east of the country (Podravje, plus the much smaller inland region Posavje). The western wines are made in the image of the best of Friuli just over the border in north-east Italy, with a distinctly Burgundian artisanal attention to detail, while there are some similarities between the eastern wines and their near neighbours in Austria’s Styria. Welschriesling, often called Laskirizling here, was a staple for many years, exported in often murkily sweetened-up form under the Lutomer label in the days before the Germans managed to ban calling this unrelated central European vine variety ‘Riesling’. This is a country worthy of investigation by any serious wine lover. For more detail see Slovenia – land of extreme winemaking.

See Wines of Slovenia for more information on this region.