8 Days Cooking Vacations and Wine Tasting in Slovenia

  • Snežatno 26a, Kojsko, Brda, Slovenia

8 Days Cooking Vacations and Wine Tasting in Slovenia

  • Snežatno 26a, Kojsko, Brda, Slovenia

Wine and Cookery Holidays in Slovenia

The best way knowing a country is through its cuisine - cooking and wine tasting holidays with the locals. So, take the short way to discover the delights of a country that connects so many different natural beauties, cultures, and history. Slovenia stands at the crossroad of east and west, the Balkans and Europe, Alps and Mediterranean, and all of that reflects in its cuisine. If there is one word to describe Slovenian cuisine then that is diversity. Slovenia offers no single type of cuisine but it connects more than 24 different culinary regions. Join CookEatSlovenia and they will take you on a culinary journey that you will never forget!

Highlights

  • 4 wine tasting sessions
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Local cheese tasting session
  • Traditional spirits and liquors tasting
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
Hide all

You will stay in beautiful family-run homestead in Goriška Brda, Slovenian Tuscany, located in the picturesque village of Sneatno with breathtaking views of the rolling hills of the Gorika Brda region.

Day 1, Saturday - Arrival in Ljubljana, welcome dinner, wine tasting

  • Check into your room and take your time to explore the homestead, walk around the vineyards, swim in the pool or just relax in the garden with a glass of wine.
  • In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner of local produce prepared by the owner's wife in the main estate kitchen, with your hosts and homestead owners. This is a fun and easy way to get to know everyone.
  • Dinner will be served in the shade of the wisteria at the homestead or in the house, depending on the weather.
  • After dinner, you will tour the family's wine cellar, where you will learn about organic wine making methods and taste wines.
  • Meal plan: Dinner.

Day 2, Sunday - Vipava Valley, Karst-Carso, wine tasting

  • After breakfast, you will go to the small culturally protected village of Goe, where you will learn about the history of Vipava Valley. The trail will lead you to a 650-year old farmhouse, hidden in the narrow streets, where you will eat lunch and later, also taste wine in one of 75 preserved wine cellars arched with stone. You will never forget the experience; it is a true gourmet dream!
  • After the hedonistic lunch, a short drive to the neighboring Karst wine growing region follows. You will take a short walking tour around Štanjel, the captivating hill town with many lovely old stone houses, where you will truly feel the history and culture of this region.
  • Traditional dinner of handmade regional specialties, prosciutto-drying cellar and wine tasting, including local Teran wine, a bold red created from Refok grapes and the iron-rich soil found in this rocky, limestone region will be served at a 400-year old farmhouse in one of the Karst most beautiful village, Tomaj.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3, Monday - Wine tasting, cooking class

  • Start your day by visiting the winemaker Ale Kristani, one of the 12 wine creators of the world. His two most highly regarded achievements are the Lunar and Puro wines.
  • Wine tasting and light lunch will be enjoyed with a great view, overlooking the Medana vineyards.
  • After everyone has put their aprons on, you will begin your first cookery class at 17:00. Each cooking lesson will last around 3 hours and will focus on cooking typical Gorika Brda dishes.
  • After the cooking lesson, sit down on the terrace or in the dining room and enjoy the meal you have just prepared.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4, Tuesday - Soča River Valley, lunch in top Slovenian restaurant, cheese tasting

  • A day trip to the stunning Soča River Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world, awaits with a blend of nature, history and food.
  • You will have a gentle, scenic walk to beautiful secluded waterfall before visiting the town of Kobarid where Ernest Hemingway was inspired to pen A Farewell to Arms.
  • Then, it's time for a gastronomic experience at one of Slovenia top restaurants, Hia Franko. They developed an eclectic cooking style rooted in the surrounding Alpine landscape but also influenced by modern international trends.
  • You will enjoy a 5-course slow food lunch, where each dish will be enhanced by a selection of Slovenian wines.
  • A cheese tasting with local cheeses (Nanoki and Tolminc) with local honeys, chutneys and marmalades will be followed by an imaginative five course lunch with wines.
  • After this gourmet extravaganza, you will visit the cheese museum and learn about the cheese making tradition in the area. This is also very much hand-on experience as you will be tasting cheeses (Nanoki and Tominc) with local honeys, chutneys and marmalades.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5, Wednesday - Exploring Brda, cooking class

  • Start your tour at Dobrovo Castle, a 2-storey renaissance structure from the 17th century. We pass the poetic village of Medana and the medieval castle ruins at Vipole before we climb the lookout tower at Gonjae, offering you magnificent views of the whole region and even the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
  • Wrap your tour up by visiting Šmartno, one of the best preserved medieval villages in Slovenia.
  • A traditional lunch will be served in the walled town of Šmartno.
  • You'll take a little rest after lunch on the homestead, before starting yet another great cooking class, which will start at 17:00. The menu will depend on what's in season but aims to provide an insight into the traditions of Gorika Brda cookery and will use the freshest ingredients.
  • At the end of the cooking class, you will sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor on the terrace outside, or inside in the dining room.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6, Thursday - Cooking class, spirits and liquors tasting, barbecue

  • After breakfast, your day will start with your third cooking class at 10:00. You will focus on how to make a delicious Slovenian meal based on traditional regional recipes as selected by local women and your host.
  • Once the class is over, we will sit down and enjoy the meal you have prepared together for lunch.
  • After lunch, you will visit neighboring farm where you will have a chance to meet local producer and sample traditional grappa, spirits and liquors from different fruits and herbs and learn the method of production.
  • Free time to relax by the pool.
  • This night, you will get together with your host and homestead owners and have a traditional friends and family barbecue or Slovenian »žar«. It is a true cultural experience as you live the true Slovenian life in a way very few travelers ever experience.
  • You will grill up sausages, meat, prepare salads and more. For sure an evening you will never forget.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7, Friday - Breakfast in the vineyard, free time, slow food farewell dinner

  • You will start the morning with a short walk through the beautiful vineyards and orchards, where you will find the perfect place for your breakfast with the views of the surrounding vineyards.
  • Owner's wife, Anuka, and your host will cook together and prepare special lunch for you.
  • You will have a free time to rest before dinner.
  • Farewell dinner with a gourmet 5-course slow-food will be served in the Brda countryside. You will have a chance to try our hosts wines, including the wine from amphoras (known as qveri in their native Georgia).
  • A unique amber wine is produced after the juice spends 11 months next to the skins inside the amphora. Winery Kabaj has been selected as one of the top 100 wineries in the world of the year 2013 by Wine and Spirits Magazine.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8, Saturday - Goodbye Slovenia

  • After breakfast, you have time to check-out and continue your journey home or elsewhere in the region; taking home with you delicious flavors, good memories and a collection of fantastic Slovenian recipes to make at home.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.
  • Dobrovo Castle
  • Soča River Valley
  • Štanjel

The area Gorika Brda is probably one of the most exciting culinary regions in the world. Here, subtle Mediterranean influences meet strong continental tastes, demanding the disciplined Austro-Slovenian tradition to adopt vivid Italian creativity and rich heritage. It is a land of gently rolling hills, covered with orchards and vineyards and dotted with small villages. Gentle climate assures ideal growing conditions for grapes and Mediterranean fruits: cherries, peaches and apricots.

There is no mass production here, but wine growers of Gorika Brda are world famous for the quality of their wine. And wine connoisseurs will recognize many of the names as you travel through Gorika Brda. The wines themselves are like the wine region: diverse, disobedient, and exhilarating, while accurate, rich and beautiful. Unique climate, with the mix of severe Alpine and mild Mediterranean influences, combined with the mineral and fertile soil and blessed with the knowledge of hardworking and educated winemakers have produced some of the most exciting wines on the planet.

You will be served and prepare as well some Slovenian food during the holidays. Family members follow and nurture a centuries-old tradition of wine making in addition to offering diverse, excellent and certified organic wines. At the homestead, you will enjoy delicious traditional and local dishes, prepared, using local ingredients and traditional methods, by the owner's wife Anuka, with great skills and love.

The cooking classes are very hands-on and they immerse you into the local culture, where you will experience a culinary occasion like no other. The classes are taught by the local Goriška Brda women and they will guide you through the preparation of a variety of delicious Slovenian recipes (from Goriška Brda and from other Slovenian regions), and reveal some of their culinary secrets. The classes are taught in English, but if you like, they can teach you some simple "foodie Slovenian" to help you order in restaurants and be polite to the locals.

  • 3 cooking classes of approximately 3 hours each
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided tours by locals, entrance fees
  • Local cheese tasting
  • Recipes and an apron
  • Traditional spirits and liquors tasting
  • Transports
  • Wine tastings
  • Airfare
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Samantha
    10 out of 10

    "We had the best time at our cooking class. Špela is a wonderful teacher and so welcoming. We had such a great time chatting and cooking with her. We take a cooking class wherever we travel and both agreed this was one of our favorite. Loved that she shared some family recipes with us - struklji was my favorite local dish - the one we made with Špela was the best I had all week (and I ate a lot of struklji while in Slovenia ;). The recipes really are possible to make back at home. In fact, I've already tried my hand at some and they've turned out great. We also really enjoyed sampling all her homemade liqueurs. If you are visiting Ljubljana definitely make sure you book a cooking class with Špela!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "We have done cooking classes around Europe and they are all different. We really enjoyed our class with Spela and were so glad she found time for us during the busy Christmas holidays. Our evening went very quickly - we enjoyed learning about traditional Slovenian food and the wine. The food we made was traditional but tasty and things we should be able to replicate at home with minor ingredient changes. While we have experience cooking I think this class is perfect for all levels; Spela makes cooking accessible and you also learn so much about Slovenia and its food culture. If you have time, you wouldn't miss a workshop with Spela."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Jabin K
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I joined this cooking class during our visit to Ljubljana, and had a fantastic night! The class not only provided instruction on making some delicious traditional dishes, but also was an insight into Slovenian culture. We had a great time with Špela, and particularly enjoyed trying her own handmade liqueurs. We would happily recommend to others, and would love to come back someday to do one of her countryside food and wine tours!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Caoimhe C
    10 out of 10

    "We had an amazing evening learning, laughing and cooking with Špela! I would highly recommend this. Špela was so welcoming. The evening was so much fun, really relaxed but super organised and we made delicious Slovenian dishes. We had so many questions for Špela who was happy to talk to us at length and gave us lots of advice. We enjoyed sitting down eating our prepared meals and trying different Slovenian wines. Would do it again!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by James N
    10 out of 10

    "Špela made this class excellent! After we reserved our class she was great at communicating with us to make sure we knew what to expect and to ensure our preferences were noted. We arrived on time to find a smiling and welcoming Špela ready for us. She sat us down, and went over the menu while we munched on delicious, traditional starters. After that we all got busy. Our two boys (age 13 and 10) loved working with her (as we all did!). Everything we cooked was amazing and Špela was great about showing us how to do something and letting us do it. "

    ""

    "We have taken 5 cooking classes in 4 different countries, and our kids loved the class with Špela the most! She treated them wonderfully and was willing to let them participate fully. We will come back and plan to take cooking classes with her again, as well as her other options. "

    ""

    "Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and don't forget your camera!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Mike R from United States
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I signed up for a cooking class while I was working in Ljubljana. We met Spela and we felt like we were friends for a long time. The class was professional and fun at the same time. I love cooking and she taught us some Slovenian traditional dishes. I loved the mashed potato dumplings, everything was so good. When I got back to States I cooked this dish for friend. I highly recommend going to one of these classes. You will have fun and learn to cook new dishes. Spela is a great chef."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

Ljubljana, Slovenia

From the rich culinary traditions of our grandmothers with a twist of our own, we will share to you our love for Slovenian wines and cuisine.

from --

8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday October 7, 2017
Departure: Saturday October 14, 2017

Why choose BookCulinaryVacations.com

  • Largest Selection
  • Friendly Customer Service
  • Offers for every budget
  • Best Price