Slovenia is a country in Central Europe. The country  is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. On Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliffside medieval castle. In Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik, whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River.

It dates from 1991 when it fought a ten-day war during the collapse of Yugoslavia. ‘Considered neither fully Central European nor properly Balkan, Slovenia is often seen as having emerged unscathed from the wreckage of Yugoslavia, duly joining NATO and the EU in 2004 (‘Strength in numbers’, The Economist 06th June 2020, p.20).

The modern Slovene state originates from the Slovene National Liberation Committee (SNOS) held on 19 February 1944. They officially named the state as Federal Slovenia (Federalna Slovenija), a unit within the Yugoslav federation. On 20 February 1946, Federal Slovenia was renamed the People’s Republic of Slovenia (Ljudska republika Slovenija). It retained this name until 9 April 1963, when its name was changed again, this time to Socialist Republic of Slovenia (In Slovene: Socialistična republika Slovenija). On 8 March 1990, SR Slovenia removed the prefix “Socialist” from its name, becoming the Republic of Slovenia; it remained a part of the SFRY until 25 June 1991.

Capital city: Ljubljana.

Neighbouring countries: Slovenia is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest.

RegionsBrda. | Istria. | Sempas. | Vipava Valley

Wineries

Certified Biodynamic: Guerila