Slovenia is bordered to the north by Austria, to the west by Italy, to the south by Croatia and to the east by Hungary. Slovenia used to be part of Yugoslavia and wine has been produced here since before Roman times. So, why don't we know about all of this rich history? Because for decades until the early 1990's, Slovenia was under communist rule. Their wines were made under government-controlled cooperatives. There really was not much produced with a focus for high quality or export. As Slovenia became independent from their communist rule, innovation in winemaking, vineyard replanting and experimentation brought forth some fast, delicious results.
Pullus wines, from Ptujska Klet (Ptuj), combines rich winemaking tradition with modern technology. Ptujska Klet is Slovenia’s oldest winery and located within the city of Ptuj, in the Styria region. Viticulture in Ptuj and the surrounding area dates to 1239, when monks established the St. Francis Monastery and built the first winery there. As the oldest wine cellar, Ptuj has a wealth of experience, with vineyards extending across some of the world’s most eminent winegrowing locations. Pullus also claims to have the oldest grape vine in the world (400 years old). If the vintage in 2017 is good enough, we will bring in a good amount of a liter of rosé of this old vine Žametovka.
One of the regions in Slovenia is Štajerska, where the terrain is hilly, with marly clay soils. The climate is continental with cooling influences from the nearby pre-Alps. Here, at about the 42nd latitude, just south of Austria, the climate and soils are ideal for aromatic white varieties and they make up about 85% of Ptuj Winery’s wines. Bojan Kobal brought this winery to the forefront in this area of the world as the winemaker here. He is beginning to accumulate quite an international reputation for his wines produced here. He recently departed to produce his own wines Kobal and passed the reigns to another. He grew forty different wines with the estate and he employed modern technology, but he also tried to make the wine as natural as possible by limiting the sulfur to a third of the amount traditionally used. The wines produced there are in a clean, fruity style. Varietals like Traminer, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Welshriesling, Furmint, Pinot Blanc & Muller Thurgau produced here are outstanding.