Goriška Brda Day Tour - sightseeing and wine-tastingSW Slovenia: Nova Gorica – Dobrovo – Medana - Šmartno
The best tour of unknown Slovenia – day trip to Goriška Brda region (Collio in Italian): small medieval villages, hilly vineyards and world-class wine tasting
Highlights of Goriška Brda (Collio) tour:
- Hilly vineyards and medieval villages
- Off the beaten track visit of Slovenia
- Wine and prosciutto ham tasting
Why visit Goriška Brda?
This trip is designed for people who enjoy life! It combines fairytale landscape with cultural and historical traditions. Add a possibility of genuine gourmet experience and a taste of some excellent local wine, and the region of Goriška Brda will enchant you forever!
This is a land of gently rolling hills, covered with orchards and vineyards and dotted with small, forgotten villages. Gentle climate assures ideal growing conditions for grapes and Mediterranean fruits: cherries, peaches and apricots.
There is no mass production here, but wine growers of Goriška Brda are world famous for the quality of their wine, and wine conoisseurs will recognise many of the names as we cycle through Goriška Brda.
We start our tour at Dobrovo castle, a 2-storey Renaissance structure from the 17th century. We pass the poetic village of Medana and the medieval castle ruins at Vipolže, before we climb the lookout tower at Gonjače, offering us magnificent views of the whole region and even the coast of the Adriatic sea.
We stop for a traditional lunch on the way. We wrap up tour by visiting Šmartno, one of the best preserved medieval villages in Slovenia. Built as a military border fortress in the Middle Ages, Šmartno’s name derives from the Church of St. Martin, the largest church in the region. Its bell tower was one of the seven fortification towers. St. Martin is the patron saint of wine-makers and St. Martin’s day on 11. November marks the point when must turns into wine. This day is celebrated in Slovenia by a traditional feast nation-wide.
We end the trip by visiting Nova Gorica, one of Slovenia’s youngest cities, which was built in the 1950s. Nova Gorica shares its main square with its Italian neighbour, Gorizia, making it a world phenomenon.