Guido Baldeschi, OIV
Head of Unit Oenology and Methods of analysis
It was a great pleasure for me to represent the OIV for the second year consecutive at the 59th International Wine Competition - Vino Ljubljana. This international competition confirms year after year to be extremely professional and, at the same time, very welcoming and friendly. Wine tasters taste in a suggestive place such as the Ljubljana Castle, in a proper big room where tasters can evaluate wines in a wonderful environment and perfect conditions. The organisation is just perfect: the reception of tasters, the organisation of the competition and the professionalism of all people involved in the competition. What can I say about the wines? In my opinion the quality of samples was very high, probably because the last vintages (2016 and 2015) were, on average, very good in all Europe. Vino Ljubljana proves that nowadays wine lovers and consumers have a large selection of different regions and terroirs because they can find high quality in every corner of the world. Slovenia is just the perfect example, its products have nothing to envy to other well-known regions and the quality of wines and the diversity of terroirs are just extraordinary. For the lovers of white wines Slovenia is a destination they can’t avoid, but red wines lovers will also find unexpected surprises, especially if they look for elegant and delicate wines. And then, if you end up in Slovenia, a glass of orange wine is mandatory and it will make you fall in love with this country!