KRAS WINE ROAD

THE TASTE OF KARST

In Karst, the Slavic, Germanic and Romanic cuisines have been interlaced for centuries. On the basis of this combination, the Karst cuisine - full of taste and Mediterranean freshness - was born. The Karst cuisine is seasonal, enriched with herbs, wild plants and fruit. Each festival is distinguished by a certain pastry, for example the famous Karst “štruklji” (a type of dumplings), potica (tradi- tional Slovenian cake) and apple strudel. Venison and lamb’s meat are prepared in a thousand different ways. On cold days when the harsh bora wind is blowing, enjoy the warmth of different soups and minestrones. However, do not leave Karst without tasting the delicious Karst “jota”, which is a thick minestrone soup with sauerkraut or turnip, potatoes, beans.

DRY-CURED MEAT PRODUCTS

The secret recipe for tasty and diverse Karst dry-cured meat products is guarded by the Karst bora wind. The Karst-region prosciutto is different from any other Mediterranean type of prosciut- to, it resembles others solely in its appearance. Only the prosciutto that goes through the traditional process of dry salting, long drying and curing, can be labelled with a designation of origin. Other dry-cured meat products are no less unique. Karst pancetta and Karst pork neck, for example, have been labelled with the protected designation of origin, thus ensuring that traditional methods will not be forgotten.

SHEAP & GOAT CHEESE AND LAMB MEAT

In the past, when the Karst landscape was only a vast dry pasture, a special breed of sheep called the Karst sheep or the Istrian Pramenka sheep was formed. Poor pasture conditions required a humble sheep. However, humble does not mean non-quality. This breed is herded on local meadows rich with various herbs; and such meadows are the basic condition for the production of Karst cheese. Sheep cheese as well as lamb meat were awarded the protected designation of origin, which helps protect the traditional cheese-making technology.

KARST HONEY

The diversity of the soil and climate conditions influenced the origin of Karst honey, which is full of minerals, enzymes and aromas. Some typical types of Karst honey are mahaleb cherry, meadow clary, winter savory, chestnut, lime tree, buckwheat, and ivy. Karst honey, "Kraški med" was awarded the protected designation of origin.

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KARST WINE ROAD

Kras wine road connects almost 170 different producers and stretches above the Trieste bay, on a plateau with the altitude ranging from 50 to 500 m. It is distinguished by limestone Karst with thin red brown soil layer called “Terra rosa” or “jerina”, a constant drought due to lack of surface water, bora wind, and abundance of sun. Due to all these natural advantages, the vines of Karst region are full of delicious grapes, from which the Karst people have been making excellent wines for centuries. Typical wine cellars called “hrami” are fascinating places: some of them are cut into stone and some have been carved in caves by nature itself, whereas others captivate the interest of visitors merely due to their size or their stone walls. Dry-cured hams, gradually maturing in the wine room, give the latter a special note.

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