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Wine regions in Primorska 4 growing regions

Description to Primorska

One of the three wine-growing regions in Slovenia in the west of the country on the border with Italy. The name means "by the sea", although only a relatively small part lies on the Adriatic coast. The climate is characterised by a hot summer and an autumn with often heavy thunderstorms. Viticulture is also influenced by the cold north wind Bora. The vineyards cover a total of 8,081 hectares of vines. The region is divided into the four wine-growing areas of Gorika Brda (Gorizia Hills) with 1,992 hectares, Kras (Karst) with 753 hectares, Slovenska Istra (Slovenian Istria) with 2,331 hectares and Vipavska Dolina (Wippach Valley) with 3,005 hectares of vineyards. These form an extension of the two Italian wine-growing regions of Carso and Collio Goriziano in Friuli, which incidentally have very similar geological and climatic conditions.

Primorska - Rebflächen im Weinbaugebiet Goriška Brda

Red and white wines are produced in equal parts, with white wine dominating in the other two Slovenian regions. Important red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, as well as Refošk (Terrano). The latter variety is used to make the PTP quality wine Kras Teran in the Kras region, which grows on the iron-rich soil called Teran. This could perhaps be a successor to the ancient wine Pucinum mentioned by Pliny the Elder (23-79). A well-known quality white wine with protected origin is Vipavec. Important white wine varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sivi Pinot (Pinot Gris), Rebula (Ribolla Gialla), Pinela (Pinella), Pikolit (Picolit), Vitovska and Zelen. The Vinakoper winegrowers' co-operative on the Adriatic coast is one of the largest winegrowers with around 500 hectares of vineyards. Other producers are Guerila and Movia.

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