Adventures in Ljubljana
Today we’re traveling to Ljubljana, Slovenia. A place full of energy and charm. Ljubljana’s Old Town is home to 17 bridges that traverse the Ljubljanica River. This up-and-coming European city is a hip version of Venice without all the crowds.
We arrived via FlixBus halfway through our European tour last winter. Trains aren’t always the most convenient or cost-effective way to get between smaller towns, but traveling by bus wasn’t bad at all.
If you’re planning on staying overnight in Ljubljana, we highly recommend the InterContinental. It’s a magnificent 5-star hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar that offers stunning views of the mountains and city. The rooms are outfitted in modern luxury with high tech features and a marble bathroom.
Wine Tasting Ljubljana
The night before we arrived, we discovered Wine Tasting Ljubljana through a simple Google search. The meeting place for this wine tasting was Dvorni Bar, a modern wine bar in the heart of Ljubljana. Hidden inside is an authentic 300-year-old cellar where we enjoyed seven different wines and delicious lite bites. This special wine tasting experience introduced us to all three wine-growing regions of Slovenia. You won’t find many Slovenian wines at your local grocer or liquor store because the locals drink enough of it on their own!
- Belica – Zlata Rebula (White)
- Lisjak – Vitovska Grganja (White)
- Rodica – Sivi Pinot Prestige (Orange)
- Martinčič – Cviček (Red from Slovakia)
- Sturm – Moura Frankinja (Red)
- Ferdinand – Epoca (Red)
- Pravino – Renski Rizling (White)
Orange (Wine) is the New White
The star of the show was orange wine, a special type of white wine popular in Slovenia. The orange color is a result of keeping the grape skins and seeds in contact with the juice during the fermentation process. We recently discovered a new travel and food show called Restaurants on the Edge and were excited to see Ljubljana featured on the show. Check it out to see the transformation of Žmauc Bar and learn more about orange wine.
Wines Around the World
Tasting wines with people from all over the world is a great way to experience new cultures. We were the only Americans at this tasting! Ljubljana is a place we’ll never forget and we’re excited to go back again someday and spend more time sipping wine in this lovely town.
Have you been to Ljubljana? What do you think of orange wine? Let us know in the comments!