Primorje Slovenian Wine

Primorje in the Slovenian language means ‘by the sea’. This area does have a small stretch of coastline but most of the area is cut off a mere 10 km (6 miles) or so from the sea behind the Italian enclave of Trieste. The northern part of Primorje borders the Fruili region of northern Italy and is more than 50 km (31 miles) from the sea. However the name is not inappropriate for the denominated wine area for the sea influences the climate of this wine-growing region. Primorje has both a continental and a Mediterranean climate. This combination of weather influences helps to produce countless strongly alcoholic and dry red wines, especially from the area around Koper. Primorje is the only Slovenian region that makes more red wines than others. The white and rosé Slovenian wines here are also full-bodied, powerful, warm, and with little acidity.



Excellent sparkling Slovenian wines are among the wines from here, made from Chardonnay, Beli Pinot, Rebula, and Prosecco. There are also fresh white wines made from Rebula, Beli Pinot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sivi Pinot, Chardonnay, Furlanski Tokay, and Malvasia (Malvasija) but with the exception of some Rebulas, these are not really very convincing. Drinking that Slovenian wine at 8-12°C (46.4-53.6°F).

There are also reasonable but somewhat rustic and unbalanced red Slovenian wines made from grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Modri Pinot, and Prosecco. Drinking thise Slovenian wines at 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F).



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This is an excellent dry white wine and most are usually modem in style and taste. Grapes used are Rebula, Sauvignon Blanc, Beli Pinot, Chardonnay, Furlanski Tokay, Laski Riesling (Welsch Riesling), Malvasia (Malvazija), Zelen, and Pinela, with the last two frequently underestimated. These grapes represent the authenticity and strength of this Slovenian wine region better than the other imported varieties. Drinking this Sloveninan wines at 8-12°C (46.4-53.6°F).

There is a surprisingly delicious, fresh, and mellow rosé made from Barbera and Merlot. You can drink this Slovenian wine at 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).

The ordinary red wines (Modri Pinot, Prosecco, Refosc) are very acceptable. Some Slovenian wines, such as the Merlot Biljenski Grid, Barbera, and Cabernet, are of excellent quality, particularly in view of their prices. Drinking this Slovenian wine at 12-14°C (53.6-57.2°F).

The best are aged in small oak casks, although often from inferior Slovenian oak which imparts a strong, almost resinous taste that stifles finesse in most whites. This is a shame for behind the strong taste of the oak there is a fresh, pleasing wine of great potential. The Chardonnay Barrique of Vipava is closer to a ponderous Australian Semilion than an elegant Burgundian Chardonnay. This is not a poor Slovenian wine but better choice of wood would yield greater freshness and elegance. Drinking this Slovenian wine at 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).

The Merlot Barrique of Vipava has a disturbing over-pronounced wood taste suggesting this Slovenian timber. Despite this the Merlot is not at all bad. It is a Slovenian wine fresh and fruity with hints of plum, fruit stone, and schnapps, with a mellow taste. Drink this Slovenian wine at 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F).

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