1-day wine & sightseeing tours
Our custom made 1-day wine & sightseeing private tours of Slovenia cover all of Slovenia’s most popular wine regions, providing an opportunity to visit Slovenia’s very best wine producers and to sample their wines. Ideally suited to couples or small groups of friends or family staying in either Ljubljana or Lake Bled, our 1-day wine tour itineraries are carefully planned so that you can combine one or two wineries with some delightful scenery, perhaps with one other visitor attraction such as the Postojna Caves, or perhaps with a restaurant lunch where you can indulge in some delicious local specialities.
For visitors to Slovenia by cruise ship, calling at the Port of Koper, we offer 1-day off-cruise wine & sightseeing tours in the south-west of the country, including Goriška Brda, the Vipava Valley, the Slovenian Karst and the Slovenian Adriatic (Istria).
Half day tours from Ljubljana can also be arranged which include just one winery visit, located in one of the closest wine regions to the capital such as the Vipava Valley.
Our private half day or 1-day wine tours are tailored to the needs and preferences of different types of wine lovers, from occasional wine drinkers, to keen wine enthusiasts, through to wine connoisseurs and expert tasters. You will enjoy discovering many new wines, presented professionally in authentic and informal settings.
Regular client feedback tells us that many of our most enjoyable winery experiences are provided by our carefully selected smaller producers who are passionate about their wines, just as much those provided by the established big names. We therefore organise visits to a range of wine makers both small and large, so that you can compare for yourself. Our recommended wineries have been researched and selected for the quality of their wines, a good selection of grape varieties that are typical for that region and for their friendliness and hospitality. Where possible our wine tasting and cellar tours are co-hosted by the owners of the vineyards so that you can meet the personalities and find out first hand the stories behind their wines.
Your transportation is by deluxe 8-seater minivan, offering exceptional travel comfort with your own dedicated English speaking driver/guide. For larger size groups, ideally up to a maximum of 16 persons, two minivans or a midi bus can be arranged.
Prices: Please contact us for a custom made quotation. Our method of quoting is completely transparent and our quotes include a full breakdown of all of your private tour components; including your transportation, guiding, wine tastings and any other entrance fees. The local sales tax and tourist taxes are also included and you can be sure that the prices that you are quoted are accurate with no hidden extras.
The following prices per person provide an average range, based on four persons travelling together.
|half day (4.5 hours) / 1 winery||60.00 to 75.00 euros per person|
|full day (9 hours) / 2 wineries||100.00 to 125.00 euros per person|
Places to visit: Please tell us your preferred combination of wine regions from the list below and we will provide you with a recommended tour itinerary for your consideration. You can be sure that our itineraries will allow for an adequate amount of allotted time for each location and that we will build in realistic journey times in between places. For further ideas and recommendations please take a look out our “sample itineraries” where you will find a selection of attractive and expertly designed private tours for your consideration.
Details of our wine regions, sub-regions and the typical grape varieties:
Slovenia has three defined wine regions which are located in the south-west of the country (Primorje), the south-east (Posavje) and the north-east (Podravje). These three regions are further divided into sub-regions and here is a summary of the sub-regions featured in our wine & sightseeing tours.
Goriška Brda (our so called ‘Tuscany of Slovenia’), the Vipava Valley and the Karst region are all located in the Primorje (Primorska) wine region of Slovenia and adjacent to the border with Italy. You will be able to sample a good range of red and white wines, from grape varieties you will be familiar with such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Furthermore, the region offers lesser known grape varieties for your discovery and enjoyment, including Zelen, Rebula, Pinela & Malvasia (whites) and Barbera, Teran & Refošk (reds).
The scenery of this region is absolutely stunning, characterised by rolling hills, cypress trees, medieval hill top villages and lush green vineyards – all sandwiched between the dramatic mountain peaks of the Julian Alps and the Italian Dolomites to the north, and the azure blue Adriatic sea to the south – providing contrasting backdrops to the fairytale landscape of this beautiful wine region. The area is also renowned for its fantastic cuisine where you can enjoy a good variety of traditional Slovene dishes with hints of Italian influences.
The Istrian wine hills of the Slovenian Adriatic are also located in the Primorje wine region of Slovenia, where the Italian influences on the wine, food and culture are again characteristic of the area. This region is located directly on the Adriatic coastline, nestled between Trieste to the north and the Croatian border to the south, historically being part of the Venetian Republic and Italy itself. The ‘terroir’ of the region, with its rocky landscape, chalky soil, infamous ‘burja’ wind and a dry climate lends itself perfectly to the most popular Refošk (Refosco) and Malvasia grape varieties. Other popular varieties in this region include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The Podravje wine region of Slovenia, is located in the region of Štajerska, in the north-east of the country nearby to the borders with Austria, Hungary and Croatia. This region is best known for its outstanding white wines and sparkling wines including Riesling, Muscat Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon and the lesser known Traminec, Šipon (Furmint) and Kerner varieties. However, the region also produces some more than respectable smooth reds including Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This region is also blessed with some beautiful contrasting scenery, from the highest points of the gentle rolling Jeruzalem wine hills down to the fertile Drava river valley below. Reminiscent of parts of Austria and Germany, there are several picture postcard medieval towns in the area, including Ptuj which is reputed be Slovenia’s oldest town. Magnificent ancient castles dating back to Hapsburg times or the Austro-Hungarian era also provide an interesting addition to the landscape. The food specialities of this region are most influenced by a combination of Slavic and Germanic traditions, offering an interesting contrast to the south western and coastal regions of Slovenia.
Please take a look at our “sample itineraries” where you will find a selection of attractive and expertly designed private wine & sightseeing tours for your consideration.