The hills of Bela krajina have been the home of vine for almost thousand years. Diversity of the climate and soil areas allows a wide selection of wines. If it was true in old times that only high-quality sorts grow in Bela krajina, today we are proud to present a wide selection of top-quality wines.
The most famous brand of Bela krajina is Metliška črnina PTP. The wine that satisfies even the most demanding drinker with its softness, drinkability and balance. This wine is a blend, consisting of two-thirds of modra frankinja (Blue Franconian) and one-third of žametna črnina (Velvet Black), and the rest is portugalka (Portugal vine) or šentlovrenka (St. Lawrence vine) or Zweigelt.
Blue Franconian is one of the most frequent red sorts. Following the most recent studies that found a high content of antioxidants, this wine has become even more appreciated. It is of a dark ruby colour, with slightly higher alcohol content, low acid and recognisable tannins. It goes nicely with Bela krajina cuisine, such as roast piglet, lamb, dried meat delicacies, and games.
A special story is new portugalka wine that pampers the friends of new red wine already in September. It is distinguished by its freshness of fruity aroma and softness of full taste.
Selection of white sorts is very varied. After 1987, when planting permits for high-quality sorts were issued, winegrowers have planted their vineyards by Muscatel, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Kerner, Gray and White Pinot, Rhine Riesling and Traminer. The most frequent white sorts are kraljevina (Kingdom) and laški rizling (Welschriesling), which are the main components of Belokranjec PTP wine. This is the most popular wine among people of Bela krajina and accompanies them at all times, from birth to death.
When seeking visibility among wines of Bela krajina, we cannot ignore Muscatel, which thrives best in selected southern slopes and marlaceous stone soil. This group also includes predicate wines that have brought growers a great international reputation during the last thirty years. Through these wines, Bela krajina has become a real treasure of boutique wines for gourmets.