Wine tours

Pictures: 1 to 5)  Private wine tasting with Four Seasons Travel at various locations in Slovenia. 

Wine tours

Our unique wine & sightseeing private tours of Slovenia, also combined with Italy, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, are ideally suited to couples or small groups of friends or family who would like to explore the most popular sights and hidden gems of the region whilst indulging their quest for discovering new wines.

We would like to think of ourselves and our clients as wine enthusiasts rather than wine experts, discovering and enjoying new wines in relaxed and informal settings.  Our featured wineries have been researched and selected for the quality of their wines, a good selection of indigenous and international grape varieties and for the friendliness and hospitality of our hosts. Where possible our wine tasting and cellar tours are hosted by the owners of the vineyards so that you can meet the personalities behind the wines.

Your transportation is by deluxe 7 or 8-seater minivan, offering exceptional travel comfort, with your own dedicated English speaking driver/guide.
You can enjoy all of the benefits of a private tour with us, for less than the price of “big bus” tours, but with all of the benefits of a private tour. Particularly where the fixed costs of your private transportation and guiding are shared between four or six persons.

Prices:

Please contact us by email for confirmation of our availability and your private tour price. We do not publish any prices here because your private tour will be custom made in consideration of your arrival and departure dates, the size of your group and your hotel preferences.

What else is included in your private tour package?

1) Your hotel accommodation with breakfast:

We have developed our own “cherry picked” selection of preferred hotel partners, based on our personal experiences and client feedback, which we continuously monitor. Many of our first choice hotels are located away from the main tourist hot-spots, in rural locations or charming small towns or villages which are full of local character. Our most important criteria are hotel comfort, a quiet and relaxing environment, an attractive setting, a good choice of dining options inside and outside of the hotel and very good overall value for money. If you prefer, we can of course provide hotel options in the heart of the most popular visitor locations, but we do recommend that you consider something a little bit different which could enhance your overall experience of the country. At the time of making your enquiry we will check the current availability and room rates for our first choice hotel selections, and these details will be included with your custom made itinerary and quotation.

2) Your entrance fees at the wineries and other visitor attractions:

All of the entrance fees at the various wineries, visitor attractions or other activities which are included in your itinerary are covered, unless these are stated as “optional”, in which case you will need to pay for these.

3) Local guides:

In addition to the general guidance and recommendations provided by Graeme, your personal driver and tour manager for your entire tour, you will enjoy the services of local city guides in various locations. Several of the guided tours provided by the visitor attractions listed above include local specialist guides.

4) Other services:

Orientation and guidance at each overnight location including local restaurant recommendations, assistance with your luggage between the vehicle and the hotel lobby, hotel check-in assistance, 24/7 emergency contact.

Please contact us to make your enquiry.

Further details regarding our general booking terms and conditions can be found on this website in Payments and terms.

Details of our wine regions, sub-regions and the typical grape varieties:

Discover with us some of the best wine regions in Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro where you can enjoy the contrasting landscapes, cultures and flavours of each country.

Slovenia has three defined wine regions which are located in the south-west of the country (Primorje), the south-east (Posavje) and the north-east (Podravje).  These three regions are further divided into sub-regions and here is a summary of the sub-regions featured in our wine & sightseeing tours.

Goriška Brda (our so called ‘Tuscany of Slovenia’), the Vipava Valley and the Karst region are all located in the Primorje (Primorska) wine region of Slovenia and adjacent to the border with Italy. You will be able to sample a good range of red and white wines, from grape varieties you will be familiar with such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Furthermore, the region offers lesser known grape varieties for your discovery and enjoyment, including Zelen, Rebula, Pinela & Malvasia (whites) and Barbera, Teran & Refošk (reds).

The scenery of this region is absolutely stunning, characterised by rolling hills, cypress trees, medieval hill top villages and lush green vineyards – all sandwiched between the dramatic mountain peaks of the Julian Alps and the Italian Dolomites to the north, and the azure blue Adriatic sea to the south – providing contrasting backdrops to the fairytale landscape of this beautiful wine region.  The area is also renowned for its fantastic cuisine where you can enjoy a good variety of traditional Slovene dishes with hints of Italian influences.

The Istrian wine hills of the Slovenian Adriatic are also located in the Primorje wine region of Slovenia, where the Italian influences on the wine, food and culture are again characteristic of the area. This region is located directly on the Adriatic coastline, nestled between Trieste to the north and the Croatian border to the south, historically being part of the Venetian Republic and Italy itself.  The ‘terroir’ of the region, with its rocky landscape, chalky soil, infamous ‘burja’ wind and a dry climate lends itself perfectly to the most popular Refošk (Refosco) and Malvasia grape varieties. Other popular varieties in this region include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

The Podravje wine region of Slovenia, is located in the region of Štajerska, in the north-east of the country nearby to the borders with Austria, Hungary and Croatia.  This region is best known for its outstanding white wines and sparkling wines including Riesling, Muscat Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon and the lesser known Traminec, Šipon (Furmint) and Kerner varieties. However, the region also produces some more than respectable smooth reds including Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

This region is also blessed with some beautiful contrasting scenery, from the highest points of the gentle rolling Jeruzalem wine hills down to the fertile Drava river valley below. Reminiscent of parts of Austria and Germany, there are several picture postcard medieval towns in the area, including Ptuj which is reputed be Slovenia’s oldest town. Magnificent ancient castles dating back to Hapsburg times or the Austro-Hungarian era also provide an interesting addition to the landscape. The food specialities of this region are most influenced by a combination of Slavic and Germanic traditions, offering an interesting contrast to the south western and coastal regions of Slovenia.

Croatia has several wine regions located inland and in its coastal regions, from the north-east of the country all the way down to the south-west. Our wine tours feature three of the best wine regions of Croatia; Istria, the Pelješac peninsula and the Konavlje Valley (near Dubrovnik).

Located just over the border from neighbouring Slovenia, Istria (Istra) is best known for its red Teran and white Malvazija varieties. Other popular Istrian grape varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The landscape is green with gentle rolling hills and forested valleys. Ancient hilltop villages such as Motovun or Bale and delightful Venetian style coastal towns such as Rovinj offer attractive locations to overnight.

Arguably the most prestigious wine region of Croatia, the Pelješac peninsula in Dalmatia produces some of its finest wines. The best known local and indigenous grape varieties are the red Plavac Mali (also known as Dingač) and the white Pošip.  The wine making tradition in this region can be traced all the way back to Greek civilisation. The vineyards are situated in lush green valleys and perched on the hillsides directly above the Adriatic sea where stunning views across to the nearby islands of Korčula and Mljet can be enjoyed.

Further down the coastline and sandwiched between Dubrovnik and Croatia’s borders with Bosnia & Herzegovona and Montenegro is located the Konavlje Valley. Next to the internationally known varietis such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon numerous local and autochtonous types are also cultivated, such as Plavac Mali, Kadarun, Dalmatinka and Dubrovnik Malvasija.

A visit to Montenegro or Bosnia & Herzegovina also provides an opportunity to make some new wine discoveries. The most popular local wines in Montenegro include the red Vranac and the white Krstač varieties and some of the most popular producers tend to be located in the vicinity of the capital city Podgorica and the shores of Skadar Lake. In Bosnia & Herzegovina, the fertile valleys close by to Mostar and Trebinje in the south of the country are home to a number of producers where the red Blatina and the white Žilavka varieties can be sampled.

Italy is the best known wine producing country in our portfolio of wine tour options. Our coverage of north-east Italy focuses attention on three wine regions:

1) Friuli Venezia Giulia – sandwiched between Veneto and the border with Slovenia, this region of gentle rolling hills is best know for its fruity reds – Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and the dry and spicy Refossco – and its dry whites – Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

2) Veneto – a region of generally flat and fertile plains that surround the localities of Venice, Verona and the southern shores of Lake Garda is best known for the dry white varieties – Pinot Grigio, Soave and especially Prosecco – and for the light and fruity reds – Valpolicella and Merlot.

3) Trentino-Alto Adige – with a hilly and mountainous landscape located to the north of Lake Garda through to South Tyrol, the typically steep slopes of this region are well suited to the fresh and fruity dry whites – Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc – and the softer red varieties – Schiava and Pinot Noir – and the drier and fuller tannin variety La Grein.

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