Shades of green grass, grapevine speckled hills, quaint villages with church spires and bells ringing on the hour. When you reach Vipava Valley
you have a feeling that the time has stopped – at least it goes to a slower gear from our fast paced world. What I have known of the area from the past is that it had a nickname of “Slovene California
” because of its wine production and their indigenous wine grapes, zelen and pinela
. The wine region has made a large impact on our greatest poet, Dr. France Prešeren
, who wrote our national anthem in this valley – the only one that is an actual toast and it is written in a shape of a wine glass. Wine goes well with the food and my belly has been acquainted with region’s numerous tasty treats. I still recall a fun lunch or better lunner (lunch + dinner) at Cejkotova domačija
in Goče – everything we got over there was wrapped up in a story.