Although it doesn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves, Slovenian wine is world-class, boasting a long, proud history of small-scale organic production. A far more affordable alternative to more established European wine tour destinations, Slovenia's wonderfully scenic countryside is home to 28,000 wineries, an incredible 70 percent of which are known for producing 'premium'-grade wines. Only six percent of Slovenian wine is exported, and so the best place to taste it is, naturally, in the country itself. Slovenia's chief wine-producing areas are Prodavje (in the northeast), Posavje (in the southeast) and Primorska (in the west) - but due to the small size of the country, all of these areas can be visited in a week or 10 days of gastronomic indulgence. In between sampling the wonderful wine, you will encounter friendly and engaging locals, stay in characterful villages, and have a chance to feast on organic, locally-produced Slovakian cuisine. Start your Slovenian wine tour in Maribor, where a visit to the oldest vine in the world (400 years and counting) will give you a sense of the richness of the Slovenian wine tradition.