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Vinotoc Hlebec: Supeb Wine, Lodging and Cuisine

Hidden away in the far corner of Slovenia is this prize of an Inn with some of the greatest wine in Slovenia. But that's not all--the host, Milan has a wife that is a super chef, and she prides herself by cooking some of the greatest food I had while in Slovenia for a month long stay. You will never be hungry. Between meals she brings out Slovenia butter cookies and other goodies. The eating and wine tasting just never seems to stop. Milan even makes a type of grappa from his wine. Be careful, this stuff is potent.
Milan makes the wine and his brother tends the farm with a HUGE amount of vines. You will dine under a covering of grape vines where you can reach up and pick the grapes, There is a multi doored set of pizza ovens and Milan uses these to cook outdoor Slovenian food several times a week. You should hope that your arrival is one of these days.
The wine is superb and Milan will keep your glass full while you try the various vintages. You do not have to order food in order to enjoy the tasting. At Slovenian prices, you will be surely buying some of his wine to bring home. Be sure and ask about the "ice" wine.
This Inn lies on the top of a hill overlooking the small village of Kog. It is so picturesque that a group of painters come here to paint for a week every summer. The whole area is on the Jerusalem Road, famous for awesome wine.
Keep your eyes open for storks on the way to Milan's Enoteca. They nest up high on what looks like telephone poles.

Milan and his wife and workers keep the rooms clean and tidy. Each room has its own modern bathroom with shower. The beds are comfortable and not saggy or hard. There are televisions in each room. It is quiet and peaceful, and you won't hear any noise except maybe a tractor on a far hill.
The dining area is spotless, and if the weather turns you can eat indoors. There is an extensive art collection both downstairs and throughout the inn. Most of the art was painted by the artists from Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Yugoslavia and the United States.
You can see Croatia from the top of the hill.
The vines are planted geometrically and are quite interesting to see.
The Hlebec family are so polite and friendly that if you don't speak Slovenia it will not be a problem. They will make you feel like you are a special guest.
I can't recommend this experience enough. In ten years this area will be "discovered" and it will not be quite the same. Try to go here.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Wine Tasting, Road Trip
  • Written November 5, 2007
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Hlebec: Tourist Farm

Only visited here, didn't actually stay, but was so impressed by the people who run it, its position, the wine and the food I just had to make a tip.

The 'landlady' (for want of a better word is a brilliant cook (she showed us a huge basket of fungi she'd collected from the woods that morning, ready for soup) and the landlord has just won a prize for his wine (which is really excellent anyway). Both were so pleasant and friendly (although they have no English) that I'm sure any stay with them would be a joy.

The farm has 4 'apples', which means it offers top-ranking accommodation and ambience. They offer half-board as well as b&b.

A perfect place to base oneself whilst exploring the wine-roads in the area, with maybe a daytrip or two into nearby Croatia or Hungary.

Wine and food!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Wine Tasting, Food and Dining, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written August 21, 2007
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