• Ljubljana – Sampling the Food & Wine of Slovenia

    by  • November 4, 2014 • City Breaks, Food & Drink, Ljubljana

    Enjoy a Short Break in the City of Vine and Wine!

    If wine is your tipple of choice and you happen to be planning a short break in the Slovenian capital over the next couple of weekends, then you’re in for a treat as Ljubljana prepares for St Martin’s Saturday, the day on which, according to Slovenian tradition, grapes must be turned into wine. Whilst Ljubljana itself is not a wine-producing region, the country’s capital city nonetheless plays an important role in the commercial process on behalf of Slovenia’s viticultural regions and holds the international title of ‘City of Vine and Wine’.


    Due to popular demand, this year the Ljubljana Wine Route is being held on two consecutive Saturdays (8th and 15th November; from 10am until 5pm) and welcomes more than 120 different regional producers of both wine and culinary fare from all corners of Slovenia. The whole event is free, although if you’d like to taste the wine, you’ll need to buy or rent an official wine glass and purchase coupons for use on the 70 stands that will line the streets of the Ljubljana’s Old Town. And to add to the atmosphere, there’ll also be music, singing and dancing.

    Following a food and drink theme, Ljubljana also plays host this month to both the Culinary Festival and the Slovenian Wine Festival. On the culinary side, this year’s theme is ‘Taste Ljubljana’, where you’ll find local chefs preparing traditional local dishes at the ‘theatre of flavours’, whilst the ‘gallery of flavours’ presents gourmet offerings from across Slovenia.

    Now in its 17th year, the Slovenian Wine Festival meanwhile presents the wines of Slovenia, gathering together a who’s who of experts in the field of Slovenian wine, from wine producers and associations, to oenologists and sommeliers. The two festivals take place on the 20th and 21st of November at the city’s Grand Hotel Union between 3pm and 9pm (4pm and 8pm for the culinary festival), tickets cost 30€.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.