TOP MASTERCLASS: Sparkling wine tasting

Become a sparkling wines connoisseur

If you wish to truly sparkle as a host or a guest at December festive events, you need to know your bubbles. Hiša penin Istenič, a Slovenian sparkling wines powerhouse, has the perfect solution – a master class workshop at their beautiful estate in Bizeljsko on Saturday, December 7. The very best of Slovenian and Croatian sparkling wine makers will present around 25 of their most exciting bubblies providing the beginners and the professionals with an in-depth overview of the regional sparkling wines trends and development.

Miha Istenič

“This workshop is suitable for everyone who loves a glass of sparkling wine and wants to know more about it. We hope to strengthen the awareness about the amazing quality of sparking wines this region has to offer and to educate about this noble drink,” said Miha Istenič from the family firm which has celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year and saw this year bring them two medals at Decanter World Wine Awards (a bronze for Gourmet Rose and a silver for Prestige Extra Brut) and two wins at the recent Slovenian Wine Festival (in white and rose sparkling wines categories).


An impressive panel of experts will comment the samples the winemakers will present at the masterclass, which will be moderated by sommelier Valentin Bufolin. Members of the panel are to be a culinary journalist, author and sommelier Tomaž Sršen, a French-Slovenian winemaker Francois Botton, a legend of Slovenian sparkling wines Janez Istenič, master from Goriška Brda Miran Sirk, chef Jure Tomič from Oštarija Debeluh (freshly named as the Slovenian Chef of the Future by Gault&Millau), a scientist, artist and enologist Marin Berovič, the legendary Croatian wine journalist Željko Suhadolnik and of course the first lady of Slovenian eno-gastronomy Mira Šemić.

Number of seats at the master class is limited, please apply at office@istenic.si before December 4. Participation fee is set at 25 Euros which includes the workshop with sparking wines’ samples, snacks and a guided tour of the cellars of Hiša penin Istenič.


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