A wine tour you will never forget…

While I was at the International Wine Festival in London, some weeks ago now, I naturally made a beeline for the Central and Eastern European stands.  Of course, I was most excited about the Slovene stand and as every, probably my favourite country in the world, did not disappoint me one bit.  I plan to post about other vineyards in Eastern Europe, but I was given so much information, it will take me a while to get through it all, however, if you are planning on taking a trip to Slovenia, I would recommend a visit to Steyer Vina.

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The vineyard area is located in the Plitvica village near Apače.  There, 15 hectares of vineyards, situated on the near-by Plitvički and Aženski Hill are cultivated to produce: Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Rheinriesling, Sauvignon, Yellow Muscat, Welschriesling, Pinot blanc and two red wine varieties: Pinot noir and Zweigelt.  The Riesling varieties, normally a grape variety I would shy away from, were surprisingly pleasing and shattered all my dreaded Riesling preconceptions.  All the Steyer Vina wines are full-bodied and rich, as a result of using only the highest quality grapes and aging in oak barrels and subsequently in bottles during the production process,  in order for them to fully mature unlike many young and still fermenting wines reminiscent of some wines I have tasted on my travels.

The speciality of the house is the Gewurztraminer variety that renders top quality wine in our wine-growing region Radgona-Kapela Gorice. For this reason the largest part of the vineyard is planted with this variety. This variety is also paid the greatest of attention in the cellar as the Steyer Vina goal is to produce a large palette of Traminer varieties  starting from wines of normal vintage to special vintage wine.  The Penina sparkling wine, Steyer Vina’s most exclusive wine, is made from Gewurztraminer by Methode Classique, and Gewurztraminer exclusive, and is produced by barrique method.  Having sampled this previously in Slovenia, I can promise one will not be disappointed.

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More interestingly, and playing upon my love of art and design, the Steyer signed labels have been designed with much consideration and thought.  Colours signifying fertile land, love of work, sun and the sky, represent the fresh tasting fruity wine for which the Steyer Vina wines are most notable.

Slightly more unusually, this vineyard also has a Baptised Vineyard which was planted in June 1999.  Every vine was baptised and has its own sponsor.  In 2001 the first bunch of grapes were grown and the best wine grower among the sponsors was chosen.

Steyer vino
Plitvica 10, 9253 Apače, Slovenija

T:+386(0)2 569 14 66
F:+386(0)2 569 14 56
M:+386(0)41 768 026
E:
steyer.vina@siol.net

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