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Referred to as the “Tuscany of the Adriatics”, Goriška Brda, Slovenia delivers on everything Italy does minus the price tag and crowds. Goriska Brda is a particularly luxurious part of the broader Primorska wine region, located in the western part of Slovenia, just a short distance from the Italian border. It’s no wonder you can spot the similarities. This region of Slovenia was part of the Venetian Empire up until 1797 and mirrors the Italian Lakes and Dolomites regions of Northern Italy both in terms of landscape, wine, outdoor pursuits, and understated glamour.
As Italy’s congested top spots loose luster due to record-breaking demand post-pandemic, luxury travelers are looking to regain that lost sense of exclusivity by seeking out alternative destinations where they can still enjoy an elegantly sophisticated vacation without sacrificing comfort. The Goriska Brda region is truly the perfect escape, where you can indulge in exceptional wine, cuisine, and outdoor activities, and accommodations all while enjoying the unspoiled beauty of the Slovenian countryside.
Goriska Brda’s scenic beauty is breathtaking, with its rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, and olive groves, providing a picturesque backdrop for visitors. The region’s landscape is dotted with charming villages and medieval castles, adding to the area’s timeless charm. From every angle, there are stunning views to be had, making Goriska Brda the perfect destination for nature lovers and photographers alike.
Wine enthusiasts will be delighted to know that Goriška Brda produces some of the best wines in the region, especially white wines like Rebula, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. Several wineries are open for tastings, allowing visitors to sample the local wines and learn about the wine-making process. Among the notable wineries to visit are Movia, Kabaj, and Simcic, which offer exceptional wine experiences and breathtaking views of the vineyards. Movia Winery is one of the oldest and most respected in the region. Their wines are produced using traditional, biodynamic methods and are a must-try. Kabaj Winery – This family-owned, Kabaj Winery produces the award-winning so-called “orange wines” that are made from a blend of local grape varieties, while Edi Simcic Winery produces some of the best white wines in Slovenia. Their Rebula is exceptional.
Foodies will be in heaven in Goriška Brda, where you can taste some of the region’s most delicious local cuisine. Travelers here can indulge in homemade pasta dishes, cured meats, and locally produced cheeses just like Italy. One of the best places to enjoy these culinary delights is at Gredic, a Michelin starred restaurant located in a medieval castle with an extensive wine list featuring local wines from the region.
The beautiful landscape of Goriška Brda is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can explore the stunning vineyards on foot or by bicycle, taking in the fresh air and scenic views. For those who prefer more challenging activities, hiking trails are available through nearby national parks, including Triglav National Park, which boasts incredible views of the Julian Alps.
Goriška Brda is a region steeped in history and culture, and there are plenty of cultural attractions to explore. Visitors can visit churches and castles, including the 11th-century castle in Dobrovo, which houses the Goriška Brda wine cellar. The Brda Museum in Dobrovo also showcases the history of the region through various exhibitions and artifacts. Additionally, the Vipolže Villa is a 16th century Renaissance villa and is a perfect example of Venetian architecture. The villa is surrounded by beautiful gardens and vineyards where visitors can spend the afternoon exploring.
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For an unforgettable stay, the 5-star Kempinski Palace in Piran is the perfect base for exploring Goriška Brda. This luxurious hotel boasts an ideal location with easy access to the region’s wineries and scenic countryside. The hotel features elegant rooms and suites, a rooftop pool, a wellness center, and an award-winning restaurant, all with stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. Guests can also charter a yacht at the nearby marina and explore the stunning coastline by boat.
Goriška Brda is a hidden gem that offers travelers the opportunity to indulge in world-class experiences in a beautiful and unspoiled countryside. Visitors will enjoy the exclusive charm that this destination offers. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and exceptional wine and cuisine, Goriška Brda is truly a must-visit destination for luxury travelers seeking to escape from the mundane in pursuit of the truly luxurious.