From the idyllic Southern Burgenland and proud Vas County, both in Western-Pannonia, to the most northern European wine pioneers in Groesbeek and the historically rich Saale-Unstrut river landscape, trekking and tasting around in green Vipava valley, biking alongside the sweet slopes and Danube strands of Ilok-Srijem, until finding endless sun, funny people and full bodied wines in the mountains of Bullas.
The Festival is dedicated to the passionate lovers of rich and diverse flavours of wine that go perfectly with culinary delights. Every year over 100 excellent wines from Vipava Valley by 38 local wine producers and guesting wine regions are presented. This year we hosted winemakers form Stajerska region (Slovenia). Apart from series of tastings, the visitors got an opportunity to attend workshop with Jordan Cigoj (Tourist Farm Arkade) the farmer who breeds Mangalica pig on his Estate. Mangalica means “hog with a lot of lard”. Not only does the Mangalica pig have a lot of lard, it has a lot of curly hair which makes it resemble a sheep. On Festival there were also organized culinary tastings about locally inspired dishes prepared by Slovenian culinary bloggers which also generated enthusiasm among visitors.
Under beautifully shaped stone arcades visitors could find many treats from Vipava Valley offered by rich selection of the Marketplace. There you could find cheese, honey, meat, herbs, olive oil and bakery products that enriched the Flavours of Vipava Valley.
Besides wines there was a focus also on culinary. It’s a line-up of great restaurants and talented culinary stars that give special attention to superb ingredients, clean tastes and modern preparation techniques. And finally this year the visitors had the opportunity to participate a six course lunch by Michelin starred chef Nino Di Costanzo and Slovenian top chef Tomaž Kavčič. Two artists who created the most beautiful, delicious and accomplished dishes … It was excellent, of course!
The festival visitors had an opportunity to experience Vipava Valley as an attractive tourist area with excellent cuisine, local products and fine wines.