Welcome to Piran Café’s Wine Hub, where we discover and share wine stories from the heart of Europe, beginning at our base in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana.
Several winemakers from Slovenia have been making significant inroads internationally in recent years, yet wines from this small central European nation, tucked neatly between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, remain largely unknown to all but the most astute wine observers or curious sipping travelers. Among the primary missions of Piran Café is to help shed light on some of what’s veiled in that viticultural mystery, one whose tradition pre-dates the Romans, going back more than 2,500 years.
But before we begin lifting that veil, just a little bit about me and this site’s attention on wine:
I’ve been tasting wines from Slovenia for more than 25 years, first as a US-based importer and distributor, but also as a journalist, blogger and unapologetic wine geek. Now, having been based in Slovenia for nearly 15 years and with no financial interests in or commercial ties to the trade, I’ve set out to re-explore the country’s wines, wineries and winemakers and share those discoveries here. You can expect to see reports from winery visits, interviews and features with wine makers and others involved in the industry here, as well as objective tasting notes, reviews and recommendations for paths to explore.
That missions’s working theme? Wine stories from the heart of Europe. And with that theme in mind:
While Piran Café’s wine interests will focus largely on Slovenia’s contribution to the world of wine, I also plan to explore, whenever time allows, the greater region as well: Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and elsewhere in the Balkans. Vines after all, don’t really respect political borders.
That said, let’s begin pulling back that veil. More.
Or, jump-start your Slovenian wine exploration here: