The Podravje region is located in North-east Slovenia. It contains 8.113 hectares of wine-growing surfaces and is the largest winegrowing region in the country, producing the second largest share of Slovenian wine (38%). It’s comprised of two districts, called Štajerska (7.329 ha) and Prekmurje (784 ha).
The terrain in Podravje is very hilly. The vineyards have altitudes between 250 and 400 meters. The soil is mostly based on carbonate rocks and Pleistocene clay. The climate is continental with an average annual precipitation of around 1000 millimetres. The weather is marked by hot summers and cold winters.
The wine region Podravje is known for its elegant varietal white wines, influenced by the Pannonian climate with its high-temperature fluctuations, dry summers and sharp winters. The region is considered to be a northern vineyard, which means the wines have a floral and fruity nose with a lighter body. This makes them more drinkable and less strong than wines coming from the south. The wines of Podravje also have a higher acidity, which is mainly due to the cooler climate.
The most commonly grown varieties are international whites, especially Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Lately, the winegrowers have also taken an interest in Šipon, Blaufränkisch and Blue Pinot. The latter is sometimes used to produce sparkling wines.
Štajerska, also known as Styria, is the largest winegrowing district in Slovenia. It’s bordered by Prekmurje district in the north. The terrain is very uneven with steep slopes in Haloze area and anthropogenic terraces in Ljutomer-Ormož hill area. Slovenia’s second largest town Maribor is located in the middle of the district and is home to the oldest fertile vine in the world. It’s of the Blauer Koelner variety (known locally as Žametna Črnina) and is over 400 years old.
Up at the north of the Štajerksa district, the altitude of hills starts to decrease ending with Radgonsko-Kapelske Gorice. These last slopes lead to the Pannonian lowland occupied by the neighbouring Prekmurje district.
Certain parts of Štajerska rank in the top 4% of the world’s best vineyard locations. Their soil has mostly developed on soft carbonate rocks. Although the wine coming from this district was traditionally medium dry, today the winemakers mostly bet on fresh dry and predicate wines.
The most common varieties in the district are Riesling, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Šipon and Yellow Muscat.
The Prekmurje district is located east of the river Mura and is bordered by Croatia, Hungary and Austria. The highest point of this otherwise flat region are Goričko hills. The altitudes of the vineyards stretch from 270 meters in the North-east and over 400 meters in the North.
The soil in Prekmurje is mostly based on carbonate, though volcanic rocks have also been found in certain parts of the district. The resulting terrain is comprised of acidic brown soils, intertwined with sand marls and, in some parts, also of loamy and clayey soils.
Despite their long winegrowing tradition, largely influenced by the church, the local producers did not have the best reputation. This was mainly because they were making simple, everyday wines. With new generations taking over the situation is now changing for the better. Nowadays the local winemakers are producing extraordinary predicate wines as well as some truly remarkable complex reds.
The most commonly grown varieties are Riesling, Chardonnay, Šipon, White Pinot and Sauvignon.
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