Twelve Experiences. All Year Round.
Flavourful, energetic, surprising, unique
The Vipava Valley is inviting all year round. During any season, in every weather, it offers a lively variety of possibilities to experience something new. Perhaps January is your time to visit? Here are twelve of our proposals for some thrilling experiences. It's not like one fits each month – they're all available any time, literally all year round! Pick your favourite season, venture to Slovenia and enjoy the enticing uniqueness of the beautiful Vipava Valley.
Cuisine, wine and hearty farms
In the Vipava Valley, wine and food tasting are certainly at the top of the bucket list. Expect to be pampered! The phenomenal culinary offer and exceptional Vipava Valley wines are famous far and wide. Did you know that the valley boasts many indigenous old grape varieties, and that the organic and biodynamic Vipava Valley wines are some of the best in the world? Treat yourself to a superb wine tasting experience with one of the many distinguished local winemakers and discover the unique character of Vipava Valley wines in one of its well stocked wine shops. The pinnacle of gastronomic enjoyment is found in the Gostilna Pri Lojzetu – Zemono Mansion, one of two restaurants in Slovenia to have received flawless marks by the renowned Gault & Millau. Many other restaurants and inns will delight you with their fine dining, while hearty dishes from excellent locally sourced ingredients are a staple of our numerous agritourism farms. In January, don't miss the seasonal specialty: one-of-a-kind radicchio from Goriška.
Adrenaline adventures, hiking and cycling
One of Vipava Valley's most exciting traits is that you can be active outdoors all year round. Even the most daring adrenaline activities like paragliding, hang-gliding and mountain biking can often be enjoyed in mid-winter. Did you know the Vipava Valley hosts Europe's first early spring hang-gliding competition of the year? Road cycling across the valley and its surrounding hills and plateaus is likewise an enjoyable experience during a surprising number of calendar days. What's more, fans of hiking may explore a true wealth and diversity of trails which may at times be ascended in sleeveless clothing even during winter months. Don't miss the season of opportunity for discovering the uniqueness of the Vipava Valley. Accompanied by the local guides, you can take a bike ride between the vineyards and castles or choose from a variety of hiking trips for the hedonistic.
Ancient Roman stories, castles and sacral heritage
Artefacts of colourful history invite you to the discovery of fascinating stories. Amidst the well preserved remnants of Ancient Roman fortifications in Ajdovščina, legends speak of the colossal battle between two aspiring Roman emperors decided by the Vipava Valley's powerful Burja wind. Castles and mansions provide a treasure trove of their own historical accounts. The Lanthieri Mansion speaks of the cosmopolitan spirit, the Zemono Manor of delicious hedonism, the Rihemberk Castle of might and bats, while the Kromberk Castle boasts a rich museum collection. Stirring tales and pearls of sacral culture also abound in the valley's many churches and monasteries. A Franciscan monastery beckons to Kostanjevica above Nova Gorica, cradling the tomb of the final lineage of the French Bourbon kings, the precious Škrabec Library and a great collection of bourbon roses. In the scenic medieval hamlet of Vipavski Križ, a Capuchin monastery will delight you with its famous ancient library and numerous fine arts.
Natural wonders, clear waters and the Trnovo-Banjšice Plateau
Visitors to the Vipava Valley are quickly enchanted by the beauty of the landscape, its diversity and serenity underlined by countless shades of green. The valley is verdant indeed, in all senses of the word. Did you know over two thirds of the Vipava Valley's nature is protected, with a major part belonging to the Natura 2000 area? Among its most attractive natural landmarks you'll find the Otlica Natural Window (Otliško okno) and the ice caves of the Trnovo Forest Plateau's nature reserve. A great wealth of the land are also its water sources. Especially picturesque are the source of the River Vipava, Europe's single delta source formed by several springs, and the source of the torrential River Hubelj. The entire Trnovo-Banjšice Plateau consists of pristine nature, abundant with possibilities for soul-resting leisure. The richness of the Vipava Valley's beauties is rounded out by the protected natural park of the Nanos Plateau, impressing with its biodiversity, much like its counterpart the Trnovo Forest.
And many, many more delights
The Vipava Valley nestles unnumbered jewels, surprising guests on each occasion and enticing them to a return visit time and again. Perhaps, your next journey will take you along the Walks of Peace guiding visitors alongside remnants of the First World War, or perhaps towards a look at the curious old industrial heritage found in Ajdovščina. The valley has preserved its genuine character, and you won't find any commercial stalls or tacky wares around here. Traditional local products and crafts are available for your enjoyment in tastefully furnished specialized shops, where the people will gladly tell you about their origins and folklore. On every step of the way, in each place you visit, expect to be met by kind and warm-hearted locals who take great pride in their proverbial hospitality.