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Slovenia, Brda & Karst – Heritage Wine & Culinary Tour

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Code: SILJUSTFW

From AUD: $3,499

Duration: 7 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2020

Short Description

This privately hosted seven day tour showcases the best food, wine and culinary traditions that this tiny, yet diverse country has to offer. See and taste Croatia with the locals who personally take the time to share their heritage with you. This is a uniquely formulated tour for those who are committed to understand a country through is food and wine .

Our focus is on wine makers and their creations, divine culinary experiences and tastings with local food producers (olives, prosciutto, truffles, honey) from all over Slovenia.
Each day, the tour presents a special opportunity for guests to sit down, talk with and learn from a myriad of friendly local food producers and wine makers in their cellars, vineyards and gardens. In addition to all the great eating and drinking, we’ll take in picturesque castles, beautiful Lake Bled, jaw-dropping caves and charming, historic old towns.

Itinerary Overview
Days 1-3: Slovenia’s Goriska Brda
Days 4-6: Slovenia’s Karst region
Days 7: Lake Bled, Slovenia

Day One Slovenia’s Brda Region — Welcome to Slovenia
Pick up from airport. Visit to stunning Predjama castle, filled with legends of a Slovenian Robin Hood. Then we head straight to Goriska Brda wine region, home to Slovenia’s most beautiful scenery and best wine makers. Then comes a welcome five course dinner paired with wines from winery known for their orange/amber wines and ranked by Wine & Spirits as Top 100 Winery in the World.
Overnight Brda Region
Meals W, D

Day Two Slovenia’s Brda Region — Wines of Goriska Brda
Visit to the country’s best sparkling wine producer with tour of their cellar, the oldest in Brda dating back to early 13th century, plus tastings of 4 dry wines. Visit to natural wine maker also producing orange/amber wines. Lunch in region’s cutest little hill town with traditional Brda dishes. Dinner in a gorgeously restored villa surrounded by vineyards.
Overnight Brda Region
Meals B,W,L,D

Day Three Slovenia’s Brda Region — A Taste of Italy’s Collio & Friuli Regions
Visit the Collio region of Italy, just a few steps across the Slovenian border. Wine tastings of similar grapes but done quite differently (in more traditional styles). Visit to bio-dairy farm which produces ricotta, aged cheeses and speciality herbed cheeses such as thyme and mint. Visit to Cividale, a great little Italian town founded by Julius Caesar in 50 BC. We can taste frico (cheese & potato souffle), specialty desserts and wonderful gelato here.
Overnight Brda Region
Meals B,L,W,T

Day Four Slovenia’s Karst Region — Wines of Vipava & Karst
Leave Brda and visit the Vipava Valley, a micro wine region in western Slovenia. Our first winery offers local-only varietals such as Zelen and Pinela alongside international varietals like Barbera and Merlot. Then we’ll meet with a passionate winemaker concentrating on just Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio who talk the philosophy, technique and business of wines making. Overnight at farmhouse in Karst region with dinner of all home grown food, including beefsteak and prosciutto in Teran wine sauce. Tour of owner’s ancient prosciutto and wine cellars and tasting of wine liqueurs.
Overnight Karst Region
Meals B,W,L,D

Day Five Slovenia’s Karst Region — Caves, Olives & Venetian-Era Seaside Towns
Visit to UNESCO protected Skocjan caves, amazing caves and the deepest underground canyon in Europe. Visit with local organic olive farm near the Adriatic. Tour of farm and delicious outdoor lunch of olives, pates, cheeses and oils with view to the sea. Later afternoon to enjoy beautiful Venetian-esque town of Piran on the coast.
Overnight Karst Region
Meals B,L,D

Day 6: Slovenia’s Karst Region — Taste Croatia’s Truffle Region
Head down to Croatia’s delicious Istria region. Late morning in the Istrian forests with a local woman and her dogs to sniff out and dig up truffles. Hopefully we will find some! Regardless there will be a special truffle-themed lunch in the countryside. Then browse the charming hill town of Motovun with glorious views all around. Find some art and Istrian brandies in the artisans’ hill town of Groznjan. Enjoy a dinner at a local konoba (traditional Croatian eatery) of perfectly seasoned Istrian sausages called kobisice or gnocchi with Istrian ox called Boškarin and wash it all down with local Malvasija and Teran wines. Later evening arrival back at our farmhouse in Slovenia’s Karst region.
Overnight Karst Region
Meals B,L,D

Day Seven Lake Bled — Honey, Schnapps & Lake Bled
Morning visit with a local beekeeper to learn more about making honey and the important role of Slovenians in beekeeping (they petitioned the UN to create World Bee Day on May 20th). Visit to farmhouse where a local who makes her own herbal and fruit schnapps, Slovenian ‘potica’ cakes and ciders. She serves them up with local artisanal cheeses and smoked meats for a great lunch. Enjoy some
leisure time around the stunningly beautiful Lake Bled before a farewell dinner at Bled castle overlooking the lake and surrounding Julian Alps.
Overnight Lake Bled
Meals B,L,D

Day Eight Farewell
After breakfast you will be delivered to the airport and farewelled.

B (Breakfast), W (Wine tasting), L (Lunch), T (Tastings), D (Dinner)

Seven nights lodging at boutique B&Bs (all en-suite)
All meals (sample menus available)
All wine and food tastings per itinerary
Private transport
Private host/guide throughout

Departure Date

This itinerary is available all year round. Please just ask us if we can accommodate your preferred dates when you will be in Slovenia.

Price

$3499 per person twin/double share

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