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The first vines were planted in this area around 2,400 years ago Celts planted. The Romans influenced viticulture especially in the Poetovium area (Ptuj = Pettau). The Roman wine author Pliny the Elder (23-79) mentioned viticulture in the karst region and called these wines an elixir of life. Winegrowing came to a standstill again during the Migration Period. But in the Middle Ages, the wines at the courts of imperial Wien and archiepiscopal Salzburg were highly valued. The Austrian Archduke Johann (1782-1859) owned a model vineyard near Maribor (Marburg). Even today the influences of the long and historical affiliation to Austria-Hungary can be felt. As in most European countries, large areas of vineyards fell in the second half of the 19th century phylloxera to the victim.
Wine growing areas / climate
installation areas are in the north at the border Austria (Southern Styria), in the east on the border with Hungary as well as in the west on the border with the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Around three quarters of the production is accounted for by white wines and around a quarter by red wines. Slovenian winegrowing has shown a rapid positive development. The winery is a model company and pioneer Movia, There are many small winegrowers with tiny areas. The climatic conditions are characterized by Alpine, continental and Mediterranean climates. After short, heavy downpours in the spring, a warm summer and a long, mostly sunny autumn follow, which enables a late harvest and therefore also mature predicate wines. Slovenia is divided into three large wine-growing regions with 14 wine-growing regions protected by origin. The vineyards covered a total of 16,000 hectares in 2012, of which 507,000 hectoliters of wine were produced (see also under Wine production volumes ):
Podravje (Drauland) divided into two areas with 9,650 ha: 1. Stajerska Slovenija (Slovenian Styria) with 8,685 ha
As in Austria and Germany, these are based on the Mostgewicht of grapes. The total amount of bottles produced or their number of liters must be stated on the label. The sweetness levels are suho (dry), polsuho (semi-dry), polsladko (semi-sweet) and sladko (sweet). In August 2009, the EU wine market regulations came into effect with fundamental changes in wine names and quality levels. There are the following new names and quality levels (see also under quality system ):
PTP = Priznano Tradicionalno Poimenovanje or traditional wine
PGO (Priznano Geografsko Oznaka = recognized geographical name) : Wine made from fully ripe grapes, natural alcohol content. 8.5% vol, maximum yield 120 h / ha, sensory and analytical testing required.
ZGP (Zaščitenim Geografskim Poreklom = protected geographical origin) : Use of Quality wine-grape varieties and certain vineyards are required, fully ripe grapes, natural alcohol content for. 8.5% vol (9.5% vol in growing zone CII), max. Maximum yield 80 hl / ha, sensory and analytical testing required. 16.1 out of 20 points can be achieved.
VV z ZGP (Vrhunsko Vino z Zaščitenim Geografskim Poreklom = top quality wine geogr. Herk.) : This corresponds analogously to a predicate wine. In addition to the basic criteria, the following conditions apply: Registered , no enrich and no additives allowed, none deacidification, Official tasting must score at least 18.1 out of 20 points. Additional names / types of wine:
Slamno Vino (Vino iz Sušenega Grozdja) Strohwein (dried on reed mats)
PTP(Priznano Tradicionalno Poimenovanje = recognized traditional name) : Wines produced according to traditional methods with protection of geographical origin. There are only four of them; these are Belokranjec. cviček. Kras Teran and Metliska Crnina,
Special wine names / types
Arhivsko Vino = archive wine (Maturation 2 years barrel and 2 bottle; at. 83 ° Oe)
Mlado Vino = young wine (Marketing 30 days after harvest until January 31 of the following year)
Kakovostno Peneče Vino, Penina sparkling wine or quality sparkling wine