The Vipava Valley is located in the Slovenian Littoral and borders Italy on the west and the local country in the east. The main towns via which the valley runs through are Vipava and Nova Gorica.
The valley serves as a tourists’ heaven with its magnificent view of mountains, hills, ruined castles, gothic churches and little rural villages with an aesthetic tiled roof that put urban architecture to shame.
There are plenty of hotels guest houses offering accommodations, and given the cheery atmosphere of the region and the retro architecture, Vipava valley rooms have a charm of their own!
The Vipava valley is said to have been first colonised by the Iberians, Liguires and the Illyrians and was then later occupied by the Celts and the Etruscians. In recent history, after World War 1, the valley was occupied by the Italian army, made a part of the Kingdom of Italy and was in the jurisdiction of the Province of Gorizia.
Due to social turbulence and oppression post-world war till the 40s, the valley served as host to a plethora of protests and resistance and became one of the first few places that served as an active site for Parisian resistance.
In September 1947, the valley was given to Yugoslavia except for a village that remained a part of Italy. During the 10-day war for Slovenia’s independence, this valley served as one of the most prolific battlegrounds between the Yugoslav People’s Army and the Slovenian military.
It is said that the locals aided the cause of the latter and set up spontaneous road-blocks so the YPA couldn’t advance.
The climate of the region is generally very pleasant. The summers are hot, and the winters are not too cold, with spring coming in early and the general weather is sunny.
The climate can be deemed as sub-Mediterranean and is influenced by the southwestern and the bora wind. The gust of these can reach speeds up to 200 km/h and hence are often responsible for hindering traffic and damaging trees.
What makes Vipava special?
The Vipava valley hosts a plethora of grape species and hence, produces extraordinary whites and reds. The quality that is often adored by visitors is the freshness, taste and the richness in flavour.
The characteristics of the local wine indicate a rich historical tradition, and with each passing generation, a dash of youthfulness is added which is what makes the Vipava valley a must go for wine aficionados.