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

Surrounded by the lush green forests of the Goričko Nature Park, the Gjerkeš family estate lies just a few hundred metres from the Austrian border in the northwest corner of Slovenia’s unique Prekmurje region. The vineyard primarily produces a range of excellent award-winning (Decanter, Chardonnay du Monde, AWC Vienna) whites, including Chardonnay, some fresh crisp Reislings and an excellent Yellow Muscat. However, our personal favourite is the copper tinted Pinot Grigio, one of the so-called Gjerkeš orange wines that have become quite popular in Slovenia in recent years.

The Gjerkeš family has now added to its nearly century-old farmhouse with the construction of modern winery and tasting facilities, which can accommodate both large and small groups for tastings if reservations are made in advance. A trip to Gjerkeš estate can be easily combined with a long weekend exploring the other sights in Prekmurje.

Fikšinci 49, Rogašovci
+386 41 623 125
info@vina-gjerkes.com
www.vina-gjerkes.com

Source: THE Slovenia Wine: Top 125 Experience