Though there’s hardly enough produced to ship much to the UK, Slovenia is renowned for its excellent wines. During my visit to Ljubljana, I managed a quick jaunt out of town to the award-winning, family owned and run Movia Estate to have a taste for myself.
About an hour a half drive from Ljubljana, the Movia vineyards straddle the border between Slovenia and Italy and can be admired from the winery’s expansive terrace while sipping something from its cellar during guided tours and tastings.
For me, the excursion was a great opportunity to see more of a wine region I’ve come to appreciate over the past few years, but only from one side of its. I’ve had the good fortune to visit twice the Collio area of the Italian region of Friuli Veneza Giulia, which runs along the border with Slovenia. It’s a beautiful little corner of the world with rolling hills, vast stretches of vineyards and farmland and small villages dotted along the countryside. The Slovenian side appears much the same. And the wines are just as impressive.
The folks at Movia Estate claim to have achieved more medals and recognitions at “wine fairs and expos both at home and overseas” than any other Slovenia winery. So I was glad to have the chance to try a few glasses there. They were quality quaffs for sure. Most memorable were a rich red Veliko Rdeče blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir and Movia’s Puro range of sparkling wines.
In addition to offering tours and tastings at the estate, Movia owns a wine bar and shop in Ljubljana. It’s a cosy setting for enjoying a drink or two and for shopping for a bottle to take home.
Movia Estate is located at Ceglo 18, 5212 Dobrovo v Brdih. The Movia Wine Bar & Shop is at Town Square, Mestni trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana. Find out more at movie.si.
Please stay tuned for more in my Ljubljana Lux series.