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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!
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.
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.