Protner sparkling wine
In the Slovenian region of Štajerska (in English known as Slovenian Styria), the trend of sparkling wine production has been increasing significantly. The most popular and most selected grape variety for the production of sparkling wines has always been, and still remains, Chardonnay. In our vineyards, this grape variety offers optimum features to produce sparkling wine following traditional method.
Sparkling wine remains an important element of any special event and can be served as an aperitif, pairing perfectly with caviar or oysters. Combining Protner sparkling wine with savoury dishes is also an extremely pleasing combination for the taste buds.
Our sparkling wine reveals an exceptional elegance, freshness and a rich, full flavour. In addition, the hearty bubbles provide a tingling and refreshing taste experience.
Pinot gris is a white wine grape variety that never fails to surprise. It makes an excellent wine, with a subtle fruity bouquet. On the palate, the wine's multifaceted and lively character comes to the fore. Pinot gris is a bud sport of Pinot noir; the wine develops a light delicate pink colour from contact with the grape skins. This makes the wine very pleasing to the eye and adds elegance.
The wine is an excellent accompaniment to roast dishes, chicken or fish and goes well with risotto and pasta. It can also be paired with not-too-spicy Asian dishes.
Sauvignon is a world-famous grape variety that also thrives on the soils of Slovenian Styria. The wine’s typical bouquet is reminiscent of elderflower, freshly cut grass and blackcurrant. This wine variety is characterised by a balanced combination of aroma and freshness.
We recommend this wine be paired with cheese, roasted vegetables, fish dishes, mussels, chicken or pork. Sauvignon is also an excellent accompaniment to green salads with balsamic vinaigrette and dishes with fresh herbs.
White Riesling is often called the king of white wines. It commands a lot of affection not only in the cellar, but even whilst still in the vineyard, as is right and proper for a royal! The young White Riesling has an extremely fruity, fresh and playful aroma. It is only with age that White Riesling develops the mineral and stony aromas that give this wine the character for which it is known.
This wine is a perfect match with white fish, seafood or pork and is one of the few wines that can stand up to the stronger flavours and pronounced spices of Asian cuisine.
This grape variety is probably the oldest grape variety in the world and was known even to ancient civilisations. It owes its popularity to its aromatic taste. Both the grapes and the wine have a distinct muscat aroma.
Its sweetness makes it the ideal accompaniment to desserts: it combines well with fruity or creamy desserts but can also be drunk as a digestif. This wine can also be combined with Slovenia's culinary speciality – gibanica, a pastry filled with nuts or curd cheese.
Kerner is a white wine variety originating from Germany. It was created by crossing Red Trollinger and White Riesling. This is a wine with a sweet aroma reminiscent of white and tropical fruits. Despite its sweet taste, this wine is still very refreshing.
It goes very well with apple desserts, and you can also serve it as a digestive.
Chardonnay is a variety that is known all over the world and is very popular with winemakers for its outstanding results. The wine has a fruity aroma reminiscent of pears, peaches and apples.
A dry or semi-dry Chardonnay is particularly suited to light, creamy and buttery dishes. This wine also goes well with fish or seafood dishes, chicken and pork. You can also pair it with risotto or pasta.
A Chardonnay with sweeter notes can also be served with vanilla-flavoured desserts or fruit bread.
Chardonnay Barik was made with a great deal of attention and patience! Wines aged in barrels develop complexity and present themselves with buttery nuances tasting of vanilla or caramel.
Barrel-aged Chardonnays are the perfect accompaniment to grilled dishes or roasted and deep-fried foods. This wine can also be paired with creamy sauces and nutty dishes. Along with chicken and pork, it also goes well with veal.
In Slovenian Styria, cuvées, or blends, have become a major trend, producing outstanding, fresh and enjoyable wine. The blending of different traditional wine varieties creates an ideal combination in this semi-dry blend.
The wine goes well with various meats, chicken or cheese.
Blaufränkisch (also known as Lemberger) is an indigenous Slovenian grape variety. The wine has a red colour with a hint of violet and a distinctive fruity aroma reminiscent of berry fruit. It is rich in antioxidants, especially resveratrol, which has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol and is good for the heart. Moderate consumption of Blaufränkisch is also recommended for the prevention of cancer.
The wine goes very well with dried cured meats, sausage, lamb and veal.
Winegrowing and winemaking
The vineyards in this region are located in one of the best wine growing regions in the world.