General informationInformation in local language
Tri pokrajine, veliko različnosti
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Vinorodna dežela Posavje je dobila ime po osrednji slovenski reki Savi, saj se vinorodni okoliši raztezajo levo in desno od reke na jugovzhodnem delu Slovenije. To so geografska območja Dolenjske, Bele krajine in Bizeljskega. Največji posebnež te vinorodne dežele je prav gotovo vinska zvrst »cviček«, igrivo, rubinasto rdeče vino z nizko alkoholno stopnjo, na katerega prisegajo med drugim vsi, ki si zaželijo dobrih mesnih jedi in suhomesnatih izdelkov. Dolenjska je slikovita gričevnata pokrajina po katere osredju se vije reka Krka. Na njenih okljukih so pred davnimi stoletji nastale naselbine, o katerih pričajo znamenita gmotna pričevanja. Tako središče Dolenjske je Novo mesto, umetnostno središče je v Kostanjevici, izjemno doživetje je prebivanje v gradu Otočec sredi reke Krke… Za človekovo zdravje in dušo so v tem delu Slovenije Dolenjske, Šmarješke in Čateške Toplice. Morda omogočajo najbolj neposredno srečanje z dolenjskimi vini in jedmi tudi vinske kleti, imenovane »zidanice«, v katerih je možno tudi prenočiti. Posebna »deželica« je Bela krajina, mejno območje s sosednjo Hrvaško, kjer pridelujejo znamenito metliško črnino in belokranjca. Pokrajina ima svoj hriboviti in gričevnati ter ravninski del z brezovimi gozdovi ter predvsem izjemno gostoljubnimi prebivalci. Na levem bregu Save se razprostira Bizeljsko, kjer domujeta poleg ostalih odličnih vin tudi rdeči in beli bizeljčan ter rdeči in beli sremičan. Posebnost predstavljajo vinske kleti, vkopane v zemljo, imenovane »repnice«, ki omogočajo posebne oblike doživljanja izjemnih bizeljskih vin.
In this region, it’s like May all year
Judging by their geographical position, wines from the Posavje wine growing region ought to be a mixture of wines from the Podravje region (north-eastern Slovenia) and the Primorska region (southwestern Slovenia). Making generalisations regarding wine and looking for a common denominator often does not end well, as it leaves out wine specifics which are so frequent on the Slovenian wine growing map. Therefore, in this - and in all other descriptions of each of the three Slovenian winegrowing regions – we will have a look both at their common and distinctive features.
The vicinity of the Pannonian Plain, which was covered by seawater in distant history, provides enough sunshine and warmth to the vineyards in the Bizeljsko Sremič wine growing region, which results in rich, full-bodied wines. But have no fear, alcohol is not their predominant feature – the wines have a lovely bouquet and a wonderful aroma. However, the wine from Rumeni Plavec – an indigenous wine grape variety, which traditionally produces a miserably acidic wine, often ending in 3rd class whites – is a veritable miracle. Despite its dryness, your taste buds will sing when you try Šekoranja’s version of this wine.
The Dolenjska wine growing region, with over 3,000 hectares of vineyards, is one of the biggest wine growing regions in Slovenia, right after Štajerska and the Vipava regions. However, there are very few wine-growers in the Dolenjska region who own more than five, ten or more hectares of vineyards. Each vineyard, even those with only 200 or 300 vines, has its own vineyard cottage. If you find its owner in there, you won’t be able to pass without tasting some of his wine. There is an old and unwritten rule in the Dolenjska region that ‘no thirsty man shall pass your vineyard cottage’. If you see a cured salami hanging from the ceiling, and if the man brings some homemade bread, do not have any second thoughts! Few pleasures can match eating this homely fare and drinking a glass of Cviček wine with it. Ah, but let us not stop at a single glass – you may as well enjoy several! The alcohol content of this indigenous wine is not allowed to exceed 10% and the wine has to be very dry. In addition to providing ‘normal’ drinking pleasures, Cviček seems to be the wine of choice for people suffering from diabetes and other diseases. Ah, this dear Cviček of ours is just like the Dolenjska region and its people: vivacious, humorous, cheerful, fond of life, friendly and with a springy step. However, this is certainly not the only wine from the region that deserves our attention.
Each last weekend in May, in Novo Mesto, the capital of the Dolenjska region, hosts the Cviček Week. In the last few years, more than a thousand wines (only from the Dolenjska region!) have been assessed. Judging by the number of wine samples, this has become the biggest wine assessment event in Slovenia. In addition to the Cviček wine grape variety, we find numerous other wine grape varieties which can be grown in the area: Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Laški rizling (Italian Riesling), Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Modra Frankinja (Blue Franconian), Zweigelt, etc.
The region of Bela Krajina offers an idyllic, flat landscape with gentle, friendly people. Even the wines can be soft here, which is particularly appreciated with mature red wines. Though they are not the most prominent wines of the region, as they require years of ageing, you will find them in the Bela Krajina region nevertheless.
In Drašiči we find Soseska zidanica, a unique wine bank operating for more than 200 years in the middle of the village. In it, wine from more than 60 local winemakers is preserved in the common barrel. The person who borrows from it, i.e. drinks from it, must return wine with interest. In the past, its purpose was to collect money for the renovation of the village or common good, nowadays it keeps the tradition alive. Not so long ago, people from the Štajerska region held the indisputable first place when it came to predicate wines, yet winemakers from Bela Krajina have been tagging closely behind (if not ahead at times). They started with predicate Laški Riesling (Italian Riesling), but these days you will have no trouble finding Traminec (Gewuerztraminer), Sauvignon, Beli Pinot (Pinot Blanc), Sivi Pinot (Pinot Gris), Chardonnay and Rumeni Muškat (Yellow Muscatel), their greatest pride between late and ice wine grape harvesting.
All the local winemakers gather each May at the traditional event called ‘Vinska vigred’ (Vineyard Spring), which for three days fills Metlika’s town squares. Some say this is the biggest, the nicest and the most peaceful public merrymaking in Slovenia. In May, nature is so verdant and fresh, the vines start sprouting leaves… people are generally happy. In the evenings, tiny lights illuminate the houses lying on the rolling hills of Bela Krajina, and everything is so peaceful, so very Bela Krajina-like. Well, not only in May, of course!