Activities in the clouds
For those wanting to tackle a more adventurous side to the valley, mother nature has worked her magic to keep you entertained.
While cycling between villages and vineyards might be enough exercise to allow for another guilt-free tasting menu, the towering mountains and famous Burja wind also provide ample opportunities to embrace nature.
Sunset breaking over the Vipava Valley
I mention the wind because by the end of your Vipava Valley visit you’ll regard it as a friend on a first name basis, not a natural phenomenon. The Burja wind is to thank for much of the unique wine-producing climate, and with gusts sometimes coming in at over 200km, Jani joked with me one evening that ‘If you have problems, just go out, and Burja blows all your problems away.’
But how does this wind render itself to the adventurous? Paragliding. This small corner of Slovenia is famous for those wanting to fly through the air, and I can only imagine a birds-eye view of this incredible landscape, with the coast, Italy, and Croatia on your peripherals would be sublime if you don’t suffer from vertigo like myself. Another bonus of Slovenia in general is it is one of the more affordable places to travel in Europe, so you can enjoy a slice of an alpine country without paying Swiss prices for example.
My guide Jani, owner of Wajdusna tours
I did embrace at least the hike part of the hike and fly adventure, and on a slightly chilly morning, before the sun broke over the higher peaks in the distance, the peaceful calm of this verdant location was amplified.
The rays casting through the clouds marked another day of wine-tasting and storytelling, but a hearty hike through well-marked tracks, past grazing cows and taking in the natural window on Vipava Valley, the Otlica Window, was the perfect morning activity. The impressive Karst landscape that hugs the valley is ideal for strapping on strolling boots, pumping up the tires of a mountain bike or taking to the skies with the help of the Burja.
Driving through the vineyards of the valley
Jani knew the valley like the back of his hand, and his start-up company has blossomed in recent years arranging a mix of day trips, tours, and full travel itineraries through Vipava Valley and Slovenia with his connections.
Whether you want an activity-laden tour or a lazy bike ride between wineries, I can not recommend this man highly enough to help you make this happen. From early morning hikes to last minute requests, I genuinely believe one of the reasons my Vipava Valley itinerary was so memorable was thanks to the passion of Jani and the Wajdusna team in meticulously planning my visit to personal taste.