Jancis Robinson MW, once described Slovenia as the "Land of extreme winemaking." The most unusual wine culture in the world where she tasted some of the most distinctively delicious wine and some of the "not so good".
In recent years, the country has seen the world's most exciting wine regions emerge with quality wines waiting for us to discover them. Viticulture and winemaking have existed in Slovenia since the time of the Celts, long before the Romans would introduce winemaking to the lands of France, Spain and Germany. However, Slovenia is a relatively young country, politically speaking.
It gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Before that, most winemaking was in large cooperatives producing low-quality, bulk wine.
Slovenia's wine regions are set in stunning locations, and each provides a wide variety of microclimates. It is bordered to the north by Austria, separated by the Alps. To the west is Italy and the Adriatic Sea, Hungary to the east, and Croatia forms the southern border. The region has a continental climate with cold, dry winters and hot summers. The far western regions of the Littoral have some Mediterranean influence.