Malvazija, Žlahtni Okus Mediterana—Festival of Wine

The 20th anniversary festival of wines ‘Malvazijam, žlahtni okus Mediterana’ was held in Portorož on 11–12 March. Malvasia (Malvazija) is a sweet liquor wine made from noble varieties of grapes.

60 winemakers from Slovenia’s Istria, Kras, Vipava Valley, Goriška brda, Croatia’s Istria and Italy presented their products. The Union of Winegrowers in the Slovenia’s Istria Region organized the festival.

Within the framework of the festival, a competition of Malvasia wines, culinary events and round tables took place, during which winemakers and workers of the tourism industry discussed the prospects for the development of the Slovenia’s Istria Region.

It is worth noting that the winemaker is one of the most demanded professions today. At the same time, not so many educational institutions in the post-Soviet space produce specialists in this field, which is very strange. Therefore, domestic companies keep turning to the experience of Western universities in the training of highly skilled winemakers. Slovenia has gained an excellent experience in this matter, specifically, the University in Nova Gorica, in which the Viticulture and Enology study programme is provided. By the way, a student from the Higher School of Viticulture and Winemaking of the University of Nova Gorica, Vanesa Klinec, has recently won a silver award at the international contest of young tasters Paris Agricultural Show, losing in the struggle for primacy only to a student from France.