Vipava Valley offers a variety of routes for exciting cycling trips. Since we are in the midst of of the grape harvest season, in the local dialect also called »bandima«, I decided to pick a route through Vipavska Brda, the heart of Vipava Valley’s wine region.
I started my cycling trip at Mercator shopping mall, where you can park your car. The first part of the route took me along Hubelj river to Napolen bridge in Dolenje where I crossed a river that the valley is named after – Vipava. Here I started my ascent to the village of Planina, which lies on a plateau at the edge of Vipava Valley, The lenght of the ascent is approximately 3 kilometres with an average gradient of 8%. This is the only part of the route where you should mind the traffic since it’s the main connection between the villages and the valley below. The village of Planina is famous for it’s talented winemakers and many winery tasting rooms where you can stop and enjoy the fruits of their labour (you can aquire more information about winemakers here)
A beautiful view of the whole Vipava Valley awaits you on top of the plateau among luscious wineyard and orchards. I had time to catch my breath with a short descent to the crossroads leading to villages Erzelj or Gaberje, where I started another descent in the direction of Erzelj. A short but steep climb of 15% gradient brought me to the village which fascinates on every visit with it’s beauty and incredible views of famous Štanjel village, Vipava Valley and Branica Valley on the opposite side. Definitely worth the visit. I suggest you stop at Miška tourist farm, where a friendly family will be happy to serve you their culinary specialties and share interesting stories and history of the sourrounding area.
The asphalt road ends at the outskirts of the village where a well maintained dirt road led me to the village of Goče. First part includes a short ascent and then it’s all the way down to the village. At one point the road splits taking you to the picturesque church of Marija Snežna if you take the right turn and to Goče if you continue your descent. The hilltop with Marija Snežna church offers the best birdseye views of Goče, the hidden gem of Vipava Valley. I suggest you stop in the village and walk through it’s narrow streets which hide more than 60 wine cellars, meaning there’s more winecellars per resident that in any other village far far away. You can also find a great Cejkotova tourist farm here which is well renouned for it’s delicious food and hospitality of it’s owner. After a short stop in Goče I started my ascent back to the valley, riding through picturesque wineyards. In time of the harvest you shoud be careful about tractors taking the grapes to the grape presses. I soon reached the village of Lože and jouneyed along Vipava river past Slap and back to the starting point of my cycling trip. Both villages are also known for it’s winemaking tradition.
If you decide to take this route I suggest you plan your stops on many tourist farms along the way. Since it’s grape harvest season, get in touch a few days in advance. Of course you can also contact us and we will be happy to organize the whole trip for you and share interesting stories of beautiful Vipava Valley along the way.
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