There are many vineyard regions in Slovenia, what clearly marks, that wine making is indeed a very popular thing to do in Slovenia. Even though Slovenia is a very small country, it has many wine cellars, where you can do a guided tour and tasting. The biggest wine cellar in Slovenia is at Goriška Brda region, where lots of top quality Slovenian wines come from and are successfully exported on different world markets. Export already represents 35% of their production – they even make wine and label it especially for the famous Marks & Spencer department store in London.
The Goriška Brda wine cellar employs 100 people and has more than 400 families with their vineyards involved in their wine making. The wine cellar was established in 1957 and nowadays about 6-7 million liter of wine per year is being made here.
The wine cellar offers guided tours of the cellar, which all end with wine tasting – perfect for everyone who really want to learn more about the centuries old wine making tradition at Goriška Brda. Also Simon and I decided to educate ourselves about the famous Brda wines – after all, their bottles are served at our home, if you come as a guest. We even had these wines at our wedding, so it was clearly the time to finally see the way they are being made.
Our guide Boris welcomed us at the front of the Goriška Brda wine cellar and took us to the underground, where massive barriques are standing in line – here some of the best Brda wines are being fermented and matured. Boris himself was making these Brda wines for several years before he became the guide and incharge for tourism. He truly knows everything about wine making at this wine cellar and you cannot surprise him with anything, not even with some of the most specific questions.
The wine cellar tour takes about 20 minutes and it all ends in a big room for degustation, which can hold up to 200 people. I guess many people are waiting patiently for this part of the tour and so did we. Maybe the worst mistake we made was choosing an odd hour for this – just before lunch time and I am ashamed to admit, but I was a bit tipsy from all the wine I tried. Otherwise the wine was good (as always) and this was my first time to taste their superpremium wine A+, which cannot be bought very easily – it is meant only for TOP end restaurants and wine bars.
The guided tour and wine tasting was great and we were both happy to do it! Not really sure why we have waited so long to finally come, but it is said better late than never. If you are interested in wine, you will love it here, so do not miss it, when traveling to Slovenia.
Wine cellar Goriška Brda – guided tour and tasting
You are welcome at Goriška Brda wine cellar from Monday to Saturday, but please note you have to make an appointment before coming. The good thing is, comparing to some other wine cellars, that there are no minimal persons acquired. Prices for wine tasting vary and depend on the quantity of wines you would like to try:
- 6 EUR / pp – 4 different wines (Villa Brici and Quercus), together with breadsticks
- 10 EUR / pp – 6 different wines (Quercus and premium wine Baqueri), together with cheese, olives and breadsticks
- 20 EUR / pp – 8 different wines (Quercus, premium wine Baqueri and superpremium wine A+), together with cheese, olives and breadstick.
The guided tour and tasting is held in English, Italian or Slovenian and is possible also for people on wheelchairs.
The Goriška Brda wine cellar has received several international wine awards and certificates. For all the wine experts, here are some of the most important and well known international wine tasting competitions, where the awards were received: Finger Lakes International Competition – USA, Concours mondial de Bruxelles – Belgium, Concorso enologico internazionale – Italy, Chardonnay du Monde – France, Sommelier Wine Awards – Great Britain.
More about the Goriška Brda wine cellar on their web page www.klet-brda.si/en