Close to the Italian border, the Primorska wine region is home to the Goriska Brda subregion, perhaps Slovenia’s best-known wine area. It’s a great place to try the region’s flagship white grape variety, rebula (travelers may recognize the grape by its Italian name, ribolla gialla). There are a number of quality biodynamic and organic producers here, such as Marjan Simcic
, whose great-grandfather first began producing wine in 1860. Today, the family’s vineyards – all hand-harvested and often picked late to ensure full flavor – extend across 44 acres of varied microclimates. Simcic uses only natural methods in vine cultivation, eschewing artificial fertilizers or pesticides. There’s no man-made irrigation system either, which makes the vines heartier.
Moving diagonally across Slovenia to the northeastern Podravje region, travelers can try the country’s finest white rieslings, dry and sweet furmints, and bright sparkling wines. Head to Suman Winery
for a holistic approach to biodynamic winemaking. Here, local wildlife and farm animals have free rein to roam the vineyards, which helps build a healthier, more resilient ecosystem – and cuts the cost of mechanical vine trimming and grape harvesting. In this bucolic atmosphere, the winery produces wines such as a dry, unfiltered pinot noir, a rich, golden riesling, and a late-harvest orange wine (appropriately named “Sun Drops”).