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8 Days Unique Cooking and Wine Tasting Holiday in Goriška Brda, Slovenia

Snežatno 26a, Slovenia

Wine and Culinary Vacation in Slovenia

Stay in a beautiful family-run tourist farm in Goriška Brda, (Slovenian Tuscany), for this unique cooking and wine tasting holiday. Taste authentic Slovenian food and wine, feel the diverse nature and see the best in different regions with a focus on the Mediterranean, (Goriška Brda, Karst, Vipava Valley, Coast) and the Julian Alps (Kobarid). Indulge your passion for food, wine and nature on this fantastic cooking and wine tasting holiday in Slovenia, an experience that you will treasure long after your trip is over.

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  • Savor private winery tours and tastings
  • Cook traditional dishes with local women
  • Taste the authentic and diverse Slovenian cuisine in five culinary regions
  • Eat in a world-class restaurant and enjoying breathtaking fairytale landscapes
  • Tour the wonderful countryside, the orchards and vineyards
  • 7 nights accommodation in a family-run tourist farm
  • See the best of different Slovenian regions
  • Learn about the history of the area

Skill level

  • Beginner


7 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
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You will stay in a beautiful family-run tourist farm in Goriška Brda, Slovenian Tuscany, located in the picturesque village of Sneatno with breathtaking views of the rolling hills of the Goriška Brda region. If you request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay full single supplement fee. There are limited single rooms available on request.


Cooking class taught by local women

The cooking class is very hands-on and taught by the local Goriška Brda women. They will guide you through the preparation of a variety of delicious Slovenian recipes (from Goriška Brda and some other Slovenian regions), share local cooking philosophy, special ingredients and reveal some of their culinary secrets and family recipes.

Touring around the regions

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.

Wine and Cooking Holiday Slovenia Itinerary

Day 1 – The Skocjan Caves and Goriska Brda

If you come to Ljubljana a few days earlier, you will be picked you up at your hotel at 10 am otherwise you will be picked up at 11 am at the Ljubljana airport. After a short transfer, the first stop is the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, one of Slovenia's most beautiful natural sights, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Their picturesque underground world is famous for its giant dripstone formations, underground rapids and lakes, where you will explore the largest underground river canyon in the world.

After the culinary delicacies of the Karst we will continue to Goriška Brda, Slovenia’s most beautiful winegrowing 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. The owners will learn you how they follow and nurture a centuries-old tradition of winemaking methods in addition to offering diverse, excellent certified organic wines.

Meals included: Lunch, dinner

Day 2 – The Vipava valley and the Karst region

After breakfast you will visit the small culturally protected village of Goče, where you will learn about the history of the Vipava valley. The trail will lead us to a 650 year old farmhouse, hidden in the narrow streets, where we 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 we will take a short drive to the neighbouring Karst wine growing region. There will be 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.

Next, we 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.

Before 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 colour wine with shades of carmine purple, created from Refošk vine and is geographically protected.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 – Wine Tasting and Cooking Class

We 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. We 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 we will begin our cooking class at 5 pm. The cooking lesson will last around 2 hours and will focus on cooking typical Goriška Brda dishes. Local women will share with you their culinary secrets and family recipes. After the cooking class we will sit down to enjoy the fruits of your work and enjoy the meal that you have just prepared.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 – Exploring Goriska Brda and Sparkling Wine Tasting

We will start our tour at Dobrovo castle, a 2-storey Renaissance structure from the 17th century. We will pass through the poetic village of Medana, before we climb to the lookout tower at Gonjače, that will offer us magnificent views of the entire region and even the Adriatic coast. We 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 olive oil, traditional spirits and liquors from different fruits and herbs and learn the production method.

In the heart of Goriška Brda you will discover one of the oldest cellars in Slovenia located in Chateau that was built in the 13th century. It is now home to a family run winery, primarily known for their award-winning sparkling wines, which are made according to traditional methods. You will tour the wine cellar and enjoy delicious home cooked dinner with selection of sparkling wines.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 – Soca River Valley

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 we 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.

On the evening it will be time for a gastronomic experience, dinner prepared by one of the 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 organisation and among 38 World’s Best Restaurants for 2018. You will enjoy a slow food dinner whit selection of Slovenian wines.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 – Piran and Slovenian Coast

We will spend a day on the Slovenian coast region and discover the scenic, historical and gourmet delights. You will explore charmimg and romantic Piran, one of the cutes towns in Slovenia, walk along the beautifull 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 – Farewell Dinner

After breakfast you can go on a short walk through the beautiful vineyards and orchards. You will have free time to relax.

A farewell dinner will be served in the Brda countryside where each dish will be enhanced by a selection of our host’s wine. This will be a fine introduction to amber wines, or better known as orange wines. Winery continually ranks on the list of 100 best wineries in the world by Wine and Spirits Magazine.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 – Goodbye Slovenia

After breakfast you will have time to check-out of your rooms. You will be taking delicious flavours, good memories, local products and a collection of fantastic Slovenian recipes home with you. We will transfer to the vibrant capital town of Ljubljana to catch afternon flights or train departures. Or, extend your stay to explore the old part of the city and colourful matketplace.

Meals included: Breakfast

Notes on Itinerary

Although CookEatSlovenia does their very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond their control.


The guides



The tour will be based in Goriška Brda, (Slovenian Tuscany) and will cover the best in different regions with a focus on the Mediterranean, (Goriška Brda, Karst, Vipava Valley, Coast), and the Julian Alps (Kobarid).


All meals and tastings as noted in the daily itinerary are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 1 cooking class of approximately two hours
  • 7 nights / 8 days accommodation in a beautiful family run tourist farm with private facilities
  • All land transportation according to the itinerary
  • All meals and tastings as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Entrance fees to WW1 museum
  • Day 8 - transfer to the Ljubljana train station or a downtown hotel
  • Full time experienced English speaking guide / driver throughout the trip
  • Apron and gift with Slovenian products
  • Tourist tax
  • Traditional spirit and liquor tasting

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport Airport transfer included: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants


Arrival: Saturday October 3, 2020
Departure: Saturday October 10, 2020



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