8 Days Cooking and Wine Holiday in Slovenia

Cooking and Wine Holiday Slovenia

Stay in a beautiful family-run tourist farm in Goriška Brda (Slovenian Tuscany) for a unique food and wine holiday. Taste authentic Slovenian food and wine, feel the diverse nature and see the best in different regions with focus on the Mediterranean and the Julian Alps. When you are not cooking with the local women, you will be touring the wonderful countryside, the orchards and vineyards, exploring regional delicacies, enjoying daily tours of local sites and medieval villages, visiting the region's best wineries, eating in a world-class restaurant, and enjoying breathtaking fairytale landscapes. It’s all about the experience, a combination that allows you to sample both the region’s most refined cuisine and its most rustic traditions. Indulge your passion for food, wine and nature on this fantastic holiday!

Highlights

  • Savor private winery tours and tastings
  • Cook traditional dishes with local women
  • Taste the authentic and diverse Slovenian cuisine in 5 culinary regions
  • See the best of different Slovenian regions
  • Learn about the history of the area
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8

Airport transfer included: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in a beautiful family-run tourist farm in Goriška Brda. If you request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay full single supplement fee. There are limited number of single rooms available to request. If you wish to share accommodations, CookEatSlovenia will assign you a roommate if one is available.

CookEatSlovenia Cooking Holidays Itinerary

Day 1 - The Škocjan Caves, Lipica Stud Farm, and Goriška Brda

If you come to Ljubljana a few days earlier, CookEatSlovenia will pick you up at your hotel at 10 a.m. Otherwise, they will pick you up at 11 a.m. at the Ljubljana Airport.

After a short transfer, the first stop is The Škocjan Caves Regional Park (named a UNESCO World Heritage) where you will explore the largest underground river canyon in the world. Next, you will travel to the heart of the Karst region where you will admire noble and elegant white horses at Lipica Stud Farm, the cradle of the Lipizzaners, and one of the oldest stud farms in the world.

After enjoying the culinary delicacies of the Karst, you will continue to Goriška Brda, Slovenia’s most beautiful wine-growing region. Check into your room and take your time to explore the tourist farm, walk around the vineyards, swim in the pool or just relax in the garden with a glass of wine.

In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner with traditional and local dishes. This is a fun and easy way to get to know everyone.

After dinner, you will tour the family's wine cellar and taste different wines. The owners will show you how they follow and nurture centuries-old tradition of wine making methods in addition to offering diverse, excellent certified organic wines.

Day 2 - The Vipava Valley and the Karst region

After breakfast, CookEatSlovenia will drive you to the small culturally protected village of Goče, where you will learn about the history of the 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 stone-arched wine cellars with the owner. You will never forget the experience; it is a real gourmet’s dream!

After lunch, you will take a short drive to the neighboring Karst wine growing region. CookEatSlovenia will take you on a short walking tour to the medieval village of Štanjel, pearl of the Karst stone villages, where you will feel the history and culture of this region.

Before you enjoy a traditional dinner of regional specialties in the 400-year-old farmhouse in one of Karst’s most beautiful villages, Tomaj, you will taste home made prosciutto and local Teran wine-ruby red color wine with shades of carmine purple, created from Refošk vine and is geographically protected.

Day 3 - Wine tasting and cooking class

You will start the day with a visit to one of the 2017 Top 100 Wineries in the World selected by Wine and Spirits Magazine. It is one of the 12 wine creators of the world. You will enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch at the same time as a great view overlooking the Medana vineyards.

After everyone has put their aprons on, you will begin your first cooking class at 5 p.m. Each cooking lesson will last around two hours and will focus on cooking typical Slovenian and Goriška Brda dishes. After the cooking class, you will sit out on the terrace and enjoy the meal that you have just prepared.

Day 4 - Exploring Brda and cooking class

You will start the tour at Dobrovo castle, a two-story Renaissance structure from the 17th century. You will pass through the poetic village of Medana, before you climb to the lookout tower at Gonjače, that will offer you magnificent views of the entire region and even the Adriatic coast.

You will wrap up our tour by visiting Šmartno, one of the best preserved medieval villages in Slovenia. A traditional lunch will be served in the walled town of Šmartno where you will also sample traditional spirits and liquors from different fruits and herbs and learn the production method.

You'll take a little rest after lunch before starting yet another great cooking class, which will start at 5 p.m. The menu will depend on the season but the program aims to provide insight into the traditions of Goriška 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.

Day 5 - Soča River Valley

Today, you will enjoy a day trip to the stunning Soča River Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world. The day will be a blend of nature, history, and delicious food.

First, you will have a scenic and pleasant walk to the lovely, hidden Kozjak waterfalls before visiting the historic town of Kobarid where Ernest Hemingway was inspired to pen his novel, A Farewell to Arms. You will have time to visit the Museum of the World War 1 or just relax in a pub tasting local craft beer.

After lunch in one of the local restaurants, you will visit the Cheese Museum and learn about the cheese making tradition in the area. In the evening, it will be time for a gastronomic experience, dinner prepared by one of most innovative chefs, Ana Roš, in the family-run restaurant Hiša Franko (star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table– Season 2) and World's Best Female Chef for 2017 by The World's 50 Best Restaurants organization. She developed an eclectic cooking style rooted in the surrounding Alpine landscape but also influenced by modern, international trends. You will enjoy a slow food dinner with selection of Slovenian wines.

Day 6 - Piran and Slovenian Istria

You will spend a day on the Slovenian coast region and discover the scenic, historical, and gourmet delights. You will explore charming and romantic Piran, one of the cutest towns in Slovenia, walk along the beautiful narrow streets and admire rich history which is mirrored in the Venetian architecture.

You will be charmed by the stunning views from the old Piran Town Wall from where you can admire the city from a different perspective and see the Coastline of the Adriatic Sea.

Enjoy sea food lunch in a restaurant along the sea with selection of great local wine before you will have free time for shopping or swimming or just have a coffee on a Tartini Square. After coming back to Goriška Brda, dinner will be served on a tourist farm where you will raise a toast to a great day.

Day 7 - Breakfast in the vineyard, farewell dinner

You will start the morning off with a short walk through the beautiful vineyards and orchards where the staff will find the perfect place for your breakfast. You will have free time to rest before dinner.

A farewell dinner will be served in the Brda countryside where each dish will be enhanced by a selection of the host’s wine. Kabaj Winery has been selected as one of the 2015 and 2016 Top 100 wineries in the World by Wine and Spirits Magazine.

Day 8 - Goodbye Slovenia

After breakfast, you will have time to check-out of your room. You will be taking delicious flavors, good memories, local products and a collection of fantastic Slovenian recipes home with you. You will be transferred to the vibrant capital town of Ljubljana to catch afternoon flights or train departures. You can also extend your stay to explore the old part of the city and colorful marketplace.

Included excursions

During the tour, you will visit many interesting places in Slovenia such as The Škocjan Caves Regional Park, Goče, Štanjel, Tomaj, Dobrovo castle, Soča River Valley, and Piran.

Location

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.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Full time experienced English speaking guide/driver throughout the trip
  • 7 nights accommodation in a beautiful family run tourist farm with private facilities
  • All meals and tastings as noted in the daily itinerary
  • 2 cooking classes of approximately two hours each
  • Traditional spirit and liquor tasting
  • All land transportation according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Recipes and an apron
  • Transfer to the Ljubljana train station or a downtown hotel on day 8
  • Tourist tax

What's not included

  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Extra drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Panoramic tour with electric bikes
  • Optional gratuities to your guides
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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