KRAS WINE ROAD

IMPERIAL WINES

According to Plinius, the Roman historian, the Roman empress Julia (Giulia), wife of Augustus, supposedly reached a respectable age of 82 years because she used to drink wine from Karst (known as “vino puccinum”), particularly valued by the ancient Greeks who called it “Praetorian wine”.

Teran wine

Teran, the fiery red thick wine, is one of the most important products of the Karst soil, also known as “terra rossa” or “jerina”. Teran, a genuine Slovenian wine with desig- nated origin, is produced from Refosco vine grapes. The medicinal features of teran are the result of its numerous mineral substances and lactic acids, but it is also known for its distinctive aroma which resembles the scent of wild berries. Teran is a young wine of full taste; with maturing, its characteristics are completely changed and gradually become more similar to red wines from around the world - such wine is called TERANTON. The kind of teran that is made from the best grapes, suitable for wine of superior quality, is known as the “izbrani teran PTP” (selected teran PTP). TERAN PTP is dry wine, served at room temperature together with pro- sciutto, spicy cheese, venison meat, dry-smoked meat products and red meat. The people of Karst learned how to turn teran into a delicious liqueur, red with intense violet hue, tasting of orange, vanilla, cloves and wild berries ... Teran liqueur goes hand in hand with deserts, wild berries and plum gnocchi ... Teran liqueur PTP is produced according to tradition and marked by superb quality.

VITOVSKA GRGANJA or VITOVSKA WINE

This is an old local vine whose white dry wine with a fresh aroma of fruit and white blossoms has nowadays been gradually filling barrels of Karst cellars again. It is a refreshing wine that can be drunk alone, not just with meals, and has a mild taste of almonds. The wine is elegant and has a moderate alcohol content. Vitovska wine should be cooled to 12°C and served with light dishes such as pasta, fish, seafood, white meat or vegetables.

MALVASIA WINE

This is a variety that has been grown historically in the Mediter- ranean region and thrives in the Karst soil. The wine is of straw-like yellow colour with green hue. Its aroma resembles acacia blossoms, exotic fruit or even white pepper. It is a moderately dry wine with intense taste and a medium alcohol content. Malvasia wine, cooled to 12°C, is served with fish, risotto, white meat and fresh cheese.

SPRAKLING WINES

In addition to pleasantly dry wines, the soil surrounding the Karst wine road is an excellent basis for the production of superb spar- kling wines. The processes of sparkling wine production and the wines they are made of differ from one another; however, they are all distinguished by the characteristic freshness of Karst wines. Spar- kling wines are divided into red and white Karst sparkling wines.

KRAS WINE ROAD IS ALSO THE HOME OF THE FOLLOWING WINE SORTS

Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rebula, Malvasia, Italian Riesling, Pinela, Zelen, Barbera, Green Sauvignon, Muscato Bianco, Prosecco, Pikolit, Poljšakica, Klar- nica, Briška Glera, Blue Pinot Pergolin, Cabernet Franc, Refosco, Syrah

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KARST WINE ROAD

The Karst wine road connects almost 170 different producers stretching above the Trieste bay on a plateau with the altitude ranging from 50 to 500 m. It is distinguished by the limestone Karst with a thin red brown soil layer called terra rossa or jerina, a constant drought due to the lack of surface water, the wind bora, and the abundance of sun. Due to all these natural advantages, the vines of the 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 into caves by nature itself, whereas others captivate the interest of visitors merely due to their size or stone walls. Dry-cured meat products, gradually maturing in the wine room, give the latter a special note.

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