Brda is a secluded, almost hidden corner of Western Slovenia; often referred to as the “Tuscany of Slovenia” due to its hilltop villages, orchards, cypress trees and of course its rolling hillsides lined with vines.
On these days numerous winemakers open the doors of their wine cellars thus showing you the heart of their domains and impress you with the high-quality wines. They will share their experiences with wine connoisseurs and give valuable tips about the art of winemaking.
All of the above said awaits you in the idyllic scenery of Brda where you will enjoy the lighthearted and cheerful atmosphere of the Open Cellars Days.
Return to the original departure point.
At 9:00 a.m.
Small group approach with carefully planned time, where experienced local tour operator’s chauffeur guide will collect you at the designated location for an informative hourly ride to the Brda region.
Upon arrival you will be introduced to the region with a panoramic ride and picturesque stops over-looking geometrical shapes of wine-yards dotted stone houses villages and orchards.
The tradition of winemaking in this particular part of Slovenia, strongly connected to Italy, is very old. Yet, the times for winemakers have not always been optimal. The situation started to improve in the 1980s, when a group of regional producers – friends, not rivals, they like to say – joined their efforts and started creating the successful story of wines from the Brda.
Let us start at Klet Brda – The Goriška Brda Wine Cellar was established in 1957 as a cooperative. It is still fully owned by local vine growers. Their mission is to capture the uniqueness of the Brda terroir in its wines and use effective marketing to contribute to the prosperity of the local area. Why not make the next stop at Ščurek Wines; each year they produce up to 80,000 bottles of top quality wine. They have remained faithful to fresh while at the same time full-bodied wines as they delay the first racking until late spring. These wines need a little time to develop in the glass …
Our path will then take us to Edi Simčič and Aleks, father & son – perfectionists, where every detail counts. From the vineyards to the bottle. Low yield, the wine is pure, rich and promising. Another family story will be told at the Bužinel Winery, where nothing is left to coincidence as every combination has been carefully thought through. In their wine collection they have 6 labels of different variety, all carrying family member’s names. From white – rebula (former tokay), Elvis belo (chardonnay, sauvignon and rebula) to red – merlot and cabernet sauvignon. In 2012, they launched a sparkling wine Karlo, produced by the classical method. And the special pride of their cellar is the ice wine Ledana from 2009. It is the first ice wine made by a Slovenian littoral winter… and we’ll visit many more wineries and we’ll taste many more wines!
After pleasant and gratifying full day experience we will return back to Ljubljana.
Drop off will be at same location as pick up.