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".
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.