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These are not Trade-marks in a traditional sense. What we're trying to present at our pages are very special "trade-marks", the ones that represent Slovenia worldwide and in a better way that any traditional or official "Trade-marks". You will probably find yourself more than surprised discovering that many of these Trade-marks are well known to you. Yet, you have never thought of or being told that they belong to Slovenia.

carniolan bee

authentic slovenian bee

panjske končnice

hay rack

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kamniška majolika


traditional hand craft


carmina slovenica

Karmina Šilec

trutamora slovenica

Mira Omerzel


suha roba

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jože kupljen

stanko čurin



avsenik brothers

janez puch

janez puhar

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Galerija Oskar Kogoj

martin strel

tomaž humar


SLOVENIA has probably been the most Westernised Slav nation in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy for centuries. A member of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 1991, it is now a small independent nation of Central Europe.  Located in the Balkan Peninsula, Slovenia borders Austria in the North, Hungary in the Northeast, Croatia in the Southeast, Italy and the Adriatic Sea in the West. It is less than half the size of Switzerland but has a population of close to two million inhabitants. The country is a would-be member of the European Union and hasSlovenia developed a strong partnership with its fifteen members of European Union.

Slovenia is mainly covered with mountains and a landscapes that reminds one of those of its neighbours, Northern Italy and Austria. Apart from the Northeast region of the country, (on the East side of the Drava river) the whole Northern region of Slovenia is made of the Slovene Alps, the highest peak of which is the Triglav Mount. The South third of the country is located in the Karst, a region consisting of a dry chalky plateau, alternating with meadows, and hills. A small part of the South-western shore of Slovenia can also be found not far away from Trieste.

When it comes to beekeeping, Slovenia displays many fast changing and unfavourable climatic conditions, especially when compared to its neighbours. While the fauna and the flora are very diversified and the landscape is quite rugged. Slovenia is climactically unique, being under the influence of the Mediterranean Sea, the Alps, the Pannonian plain and the Dinaric mountains. As a result, temperatures can range between very hot in the summer, to very cold inclement in winter.

Such climatic conditions have strengthened the fauna and, like anywhere else in the world, a specifically resistant species of bees was naturally selected, known as the genuine

As beekeeping is an ancient traditional Slovene activity, national beekeepers learned how to make the most of Carniolan bees. Today, taking over what their own ancestors initiated two centuries ago, they have decided to adopt a worldwide strategy.

Panjske končnice

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Hay Racks

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The secret of a good "potica" is in appropriate dough, and the secret of the dough is in the flour. Use only high-quality, fine grain wheat flour, very dry (traditionally, flour was kept in a warm corner on the top of Slovenian traditional bread oven -- to keep it dry and warm for use). Make sure that the flour is warmed up -- making good "potica" requires a bit of suffering: you should prepare it in a very hot kitchen, otherwise the yeast or the dough may "catch cold" and the potica won't rise properly.

Potica Dough Ingredients:

  • 60 dag warmed, fine-grain dry wheat flour

  • 6 dag fresh yeast

  • 2.5--3 dl warm milk

  • 10 dag softened butter

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 10 dag sugar

  • 2 Tbsp dark rum

  • grated peel of 1 lemon

  • pinch of salt

Sift the flour into a bowl (cover and set in a warm place if the flour has not been warmed previously). Crumb the yeast into a large cup, add 2 Tbsp warm milk, 1 tsp sugar and mix; set the yeast into a warm place to rise (the mixture should rise to at least twice its original volume before usage).

Mix softened butter, sugar and egg-yolks and beat until the sugar is well dissolved and the mixture is frothy. Warm up the milk, mix in salt, lemon peel, rum and the butter mixture. Form the dough out of the warm flour, yeast and the milk mixture -- the trick is not to pour in all the milk mixture immediately: use about 3/4 to start with, then add more as the dough forms (the quantity of milk (in the above list of ingredients) is not quite fixed -- it depends on the quality of the flour: with very fine-grain flour, very dry, use all 3 dl -- you should use less with inferior quality flour). Beat the dough vigorously with a wooden spoon until the dough is smooth and separates easily from the spoon and the bowl. Cover the bowl with a cloth and set the dough in a warm place to rise -- before continuing, the dough should rise to twice its size.

Some Fillings Chocolate: mix 20 dag softened butter with 4 eggs and 20 dag sugar; beat the mixture until frothy; mix in 25 dag softened chocolate (or powdered) and 25 dag chopped almonds

Walnut: scald 30 dag ground walnuts with 0.125 litre boiling milk; mix in 15 dag sugar, 2 Tbsp dry bread-crumbs, 3 dag softened butter, 3 Tbsp thick cream, 2 egg-yolks, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cloves; beat 2 egg-whites until very stiff and fold into the mixture.

Hazelnut: same as walnut, only use ground walnuts instead of hazelnuts;

Tarragon: mix 10 dag softened butter with 3 egg-yolks and 10 dag sugar, beat vigorously until frothy; add 1/2 cup freshly chopped tarragon and 2.5 dl very thick cream (save another 1/2 cup chopped tarragon to sprinkle on top of the spread mixture)

Raisins: soak 40 dag raisins or sultanas in dark rum for 2 hours; mix 10 dag softened butter with 15 dag sugar and 3 egg-yolks until frothy; mix in the drained raisins or sultanas, grated lemon peel, 3 Tbsp dry bread-crumbs, 1 dl very thick cream; beat 3 egg-whites until very stiff and fold into mixture.

Poppy: cook 0.5 kg ground poppy seeds in 0.25 l milk (or cream) for 5--10 minutes; allow to cool, then mix in 3 egg-yolks, 2 Tbsp honey, 15 dag sugar, 2 tsp vanilla-scented castor sugar; beat 3 egg-whites until very stiff and fold into mixture.

Curd: mix 0.5 kg curd, 6 -- 10 dag sugar (vanilla-scented if desired), 2 egg-yolks, 2 dl sour cream and stir well. Whip 2 egg-whites and gently stir into the mixture. Spread the filling over the dough, sprinkle with 5 dag (or more) raisins soaked in rum, grated dry coconut (optional) and small flakes of butter (optional) on top. (Coconut comes handy specially if the filling is too wet.)

Cooking Potica is traditionally baked in a round, "toroidal" (i.e., with a raised hole in the middle) ceramic mould. But whatever you use, make sure the mould is a high one - potica is supposed to raise a lot. For good potica, the proportions of the height of the mould vs. its width should be at least 2:1.

Set the oven to 200 °C. Roll out the dough to the thickness of your little finger (that's the traditional measure) and spread with chosen filling, within 5 cm of the "last" edge. Roll the potica gently, but make sure there are no air pockets left in the roll (for easy handling, roll out the dough on a dry linen cloth dusted with flour).

Grease the baking dish and dust with bread-crumbs; carefully transfer the potica into the dish, the covering ("last") edge should be at the bottom. Cover the dish with cloth and set in a warm place -- potica should rise to twice its size before baking. Put potica in the warmed-up oven and bake for 1 hour; if the top starts to turn very dark brown, cover with paper.

Baked potica should be removed from the baking dish immediately (if you've greased and dusted the dish properly, you just need to turn it over onto an appropriate plate). Dust warm potica with vanilla-scented castor sugar and cover with cloth -- but do not cut until completely cooled (traditionally, potica was always baked a day before it was served).

Carmina Slovenica

Trutamora Slovenica



Oskar Kogoj

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Stanko Čurin

Čurin - Prapotnik


Gospod Stanko Čurin je ena največjih osebnosti na področju vinarstva v Sloveniji. Z vrhunskimi in posebnimi vini se je začel ukvarjati pred več kot 30 leti. Kot zasebnik je oral ledino na področju trženja, modernih pristopov in tehnologij vinogradništva in vinarstva. Prvi pri nas je pridelal ledena vina in ostale posebnosti vin z visokim predikatom

Jože Kupljen