Slovenian winery of the week: Gjerkeš winery

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Prekmurje is found in the far northeast corner of Slovenia, wedged between the borders with Austria and Hungary, and much of the winemaking activity here takes place in Lendava and Goričko.

The landscapes are quite breathtaking, with forests and rolling hills covering much of the countryside, while the pace of life is noticeably slower and more relaxed than most other places in the country. When it comes to wine, dry and semi-dry white wines are most typical, with Laški Rizling (Italian Reisling) the most widely produced, followed by Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Renski Rizling, as well as Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Kerner, Rumeni Muškat (Yellow Muscat) and Traminec (Traminer), while red wine production only amounts to some 3% of the total.

gjerkes winery

This district is notable for the number of younger winemakers trying new methods or rediscovering old ones. In addition to its burgeoning wine scene, Prekmurje is often regarded as the friendliest and most welcoming destination in Slovenia, and any visit here is guaranteed to be met with lots warm of smiles and copious amounts of local cuisine.

Gjerkeš winery

Nestled within the peaceful Goričko Nature Park, surrounded by beautiful lush green forests, just a stone’s throw away from the Austrian border, lies the Gjerkeš family estate. With a history stretching back nearly a century, the vineyard, located in Slovenia’s Prekmurje region, proudly produces a selection of award-winning white and sparkling wines, including Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Riesling, Yellow Muscat and a remarkable Pinot Grigio and barrique aged Chardonnay, known as Woodstock.

The family has recently opened a modern winery with a wine-tasting area, allowing groups to experience a tour and wine-tasting with a prior reservation. Even more, the estate offers seven elegant double rooms, making it the perfect place to stay surrounded by nature’s beauty. The guests can also enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning, prepared with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. In addition to the winery and the wine-tasting area, the estate also offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking and cycling.

This nature’s paradise is the perfect place for weddings and other events, as the team at the Gjerkeš family estate will be more than happy to help you with planning, catering and anything else you might need for your event. Also, if you just want to relax and take in the breathtaking views, you can take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards or wander the nearby forest trails. Whether you are looking for, a weekend getaway or a special occasion, the Gjerkeš family estate will provide you with a truly unique experience.

Fikšinci 49, 9262 Rogašovci
☎ +386 (0)41 623 125
✉ [email protected]
www.gjerkes.com

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Source: THE Slovenia Wine: Top 125 Experience