Privacy settings

Cookies

To improve functions this website uses cookies.  

Better experience for you

Do you allow us to collect anonymised data on the viewing of our content? We will improve your user experience.

I allow
I don't allow

Higher quality content

Do you allow us to record your activities on Slovenia.info? This would allow us to learn about your interests and offer you interesting features and content about Slovenian tourism that interest you most.

I allow
I don't allow

Don't miss new content

Do you allow us to occasionally offer you advertising content from other websites that best match your interests?

I allow
I don't allow
Close notification, I allow the use of my data for all the purposes listed above.

I allow the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) to record and store anonymised data about my activity on www.tasteslovenia.si, which are used by the STO to provide a better user experience for visitors to the portal in the future. I also confirm that I have been acquainted with my rights related to the personal data provided.

Manager of personal data:
Slovenian Tourist Board, Dimičeva ulica 13, Ljubljana
Phone: +386 1 5898 550
E-mail: info@slovenia.info

I allow the Slovenian Tourist Board to record and store the displays of my received messages and clicks to links in the received messages with the purpose of providing me with the most high-quality and the most interesting contents for my purposes (profiling). I also confirm that I have been acquainted with my rights related to the provided personal data. Because the Slovenian Tourist Board is trying to send contents that are as high-quality as possible and as interesting to recipients as possible, it would like to measure the responses to its sent announcements. To provide better and better-focused notifications and to adjust future messages, it automatically processes, analyses, and profiles personal data, and the users’ level of interest in the announcements provided is assessed.

Manager of personal data:
Slovenian Tourist Board, Dimičeva ulica 13, Ljubljana
Phone no.: +386 1 5898 550
E-mail: info@slovenia.info

I allow the Slovenian Tourist Board to record and store the displays of my received messages and clicks to links in the received messages with the purpose of providing me with advertising contents in which I have previously expressed interest (re-marketing). I also confirm that I have been acquainted with my rights related to the provided personal data. Because the Slovenian Tourist Board is trying to show advertising contents that are as high-quality as possible and as interesting to recipients as possible, it would like to use advertisements to once again notify you concerning topics in which you have previously expressed interest. These settings apply to advertisements that are shown through the services of the company Facebook, including Facebook and Instagram, and also through online applications. If you do not agree with the recording and storing of received messages and clicks on links in the received messages with the purpose of displaying advertising contents on topics in which you have previously expressed interest (re-marketing), the same number of advertisements will still be shown, but you might not find them as interesting.

Manager of personal data:
Slovenian Tourist Board, Dimičeva ulica 13, Ljubljana
Phone no.: +386 1 5898 550
E-mail: info@slovenia.info

Traditionally good drinks

 

In the countryside try home-made spirits or liqueurs

Your food experience in inns and restaurants can be supplemented with selected spirits of protected origin.

Brinjevec (juniper brandy), dolenjski sadjevec (fruit brandy) and pelinkovec (absinthe) are protected with the EU geographical indication, while kostelska rakija (brandy), brkinski slivovec (plum brandy), gorenjski tepkovec (pear brandy) and kraški brinjevec (juniper brandy) hold Slovenian geographical indications.

Juniper berries
Juniper berries
Photo: iStock
As many as eight kilograms of juniper berries are necessary for one litre of the globally unique Karst juniper brandy.

Juniper brandy is the king of Slovenian spirits, distilled exclusively from crushed juniper berries (not soaked in other spirits). After several weeks’ fermentation of juniper berries, double distillation takes place followed by a six-month maturing. Its flavour improves over the years. Note: juniper brandy has a completely different character to the all-available gin.

Plum brandy and fruit brandies are typical of regions with excellent conditions for fruit production

Special fruit regions include the Brkini Hills with the Brkini Fruit Road and exceptional tradition of spirit distilling.

Apples and plums from Brkini, a hilly region in south-west Slovenia, have already attracted attention at world exhibitions in Paris and Vienna in the 19th century. Indigenous varieties of plum growing in terraces and on the edges of Brkini fields form the essence of the excellent Brkini plum brandy with geographical indication. The brandy has a distinctive character with a pleasant aroma and flavour. It is distilled according to a traditional method in unique copper Brkini stills with caps.

Indigenous fruit varieties, growing particularly in extensive meadow orchards, serve as the base for other typical local spirits in other Slovenian regions as well.

Dolenjski sadjevec

Spirits with protected designation of origin and prominent fruit flavour is made of a mixture of different apple, pear and plum varieties.

Kostelska rakija

Natural spirits made of indigenous apple, pear and plum varieties is distilled in the Kočevsko-Kolpa Regional Park.

Gorenjski tepkovec

The distillate from an old pear variety, tepka (moštnica), which can also be found in the cuisine of Alpine Slovenia, can be tasted in Bled.

Spirits and liqueurs are made everywhere from the ingredients that are typical of the local environment

Fruit and wine spirits, and spirits from grape or fruit skins are enriched with selected natural ingredients.

Pelinkovec with protected geographical indication gets its typical bitter flavour from extract of wormwood (Arthemisia absinthia). Since it settles an upset stomach and is an excellent refreshment, it is also prepared by Slovenian herbalists. Other bitters made of various herbs, walnut and honey liqueurs and many others are also very popular and highly esteemed.

Pelinkovec

Photo: iStock

Famous drinks highlighting the character of an individual region have certificates of local culinary brands

The best local spirits and liqueurs can be found in shops of local tourist information centres.

When wandering around Slovenia, pay attention to the brands that combine products linked with gastronomy.
– You will find rušovc under the Okusi Kamnika brand. This brandy made of dwarf pine tips and cones with added sugar and honey is a delicacy from mountain pastures that matures for two months in the sun.
– The Idrija izbrano brand offers geruš, an old wormwood beverage once drunk by mercury miners.
– Under the Okusi Rogle, you will find borovničevec (blueberry liqueur) popular in the Pohorje Hills and several other herbal spirits.

The famous Pleterje pear

Whole pears grow in bottles attached to the trees in orchards in the Pleterje Charterhouse, which are then filled with pear brandy.

Spirits with honey

Honey spirits or spirits with honey and honey liqueurs are popular in beekeeping Slovenia.

Liqueur
Photo: iStock

Visit distilleries and see how brandy is made, attend a tasting and buy your favourite brandies

Find selected spirits and liqueurs in specialist shops, and taste their character at locations where they are made.

The hosts will be happy to share their secrets about the beverages offered at tourist farms or in mountain huts; where their ingredients were grown or collected, and how they were made. If you’re lucky, they will show you the still for making brandy. To view and taste different brandies, visit distillers who offer special experiences.

Unique stories

Experience the inspiring stories of creators of Slovenian gastronomy.

On the bora wind

Innovative tastes of salt as a boutique touch to every dish.

Read more

“You are splendid, limpid daughter of the heights”

Culinary tails from Posočje and the nature of valley, which is an inspiration for top dishes.

Read more

Hunt for the Istrian treasure

Family tradition bringing hidden truffles from dark soil to tasty plates.

Read more

Taste more.

Learn about the story od Slovenian gastronomy. Discover local culinary and wine specialties.

Read more