Slovenia’s winemaking tradition has historically been influenced by Austria to the north and Italy to the west. Despite the emergence of celebrity winemakers, such as Ales Kristancic of Movia, and recent wine media attention, Slovenia is still one of Europe’s greatest wine secrets. Slovenia has been producing quality wines for centuries, and since becoming independent in 1991 it has become a source of highly-redarded private-production wines. Best example – Pullus Late Harvest Riesling from Stajerska Slovenia won the Best of Show Dessert Wine Award at the 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
The Podravje Region (aka Stajerska Slovenia) Stajerska (or Styria) is the largest of three major grape-growing regions in Slovenia. It comprises the northeast corner of the country. Hot summers, cold and dry winters, steep terrain and mainly gravel and clay soil make Stajerska the ideal terroir to produce fresh, crisp, aromatic whites, elegant and gentle reds and unbelievable dessert and icewines.
The best vineyard sites are on hillsides with southern exposure, and Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Traminer and Yellow Muscat produced here are outstanding. Stajerska is also capable to deliver excellent Burgundy style Pinot Noir as well as Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch.
In the 12th century, the French Carthusian monks selected this area for its pristine nature to established their monastery.
On southern slopes of Klokocovnik and Lipogav they planted the first Pinot Noir grapes.
The cooler climate and special soil composition of Stajerska wine regions offer ideal conditions for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Welch Reisling,
Traminer and Pinot Gris.
Today the wine makers Marko Podkubovšek and his partner Jurij Brumec of Sanctum continue this tradition in creating extraordinary wines with the unique flavors of the local terroir. They are excellent hosts who possess an amazing affinity and for wine, music and culture.