About Istrian olive groves.
Slovenian Istria is known for its picturesque coastal towns, stunning Adriatic coastline, and rich cultural heritage. The region is also home to olive groves that produce high-quality olive oil. The olive groves are situated on the gentle rolling hills and provide a perfect backdrop for a rural escape. The combination of the natural beauty of Istria and the authentic charm of its countryside make it a popular destination for those seeking a peaceful getaway. The olive oil produced in Slovenian Istria is known for its unique taste and high levels of beneficial polyphenols, making it a sought-after product both locally and internationally.
- The size of Slovenian Istria
- approximately 2,270 square kilometers. and around 120 settlements.
- Istria is a historical region and geographical unit that encompasses the eponymous peninsula in southwestern Slovenia and northwestern Croatia, on the northeast coast of the Adriatic Sea. A small part of Istria also extends into Italy.
The Slovenian Istria mostly consists of flysch, which is a rock that is not permeable but is very susceptible to erosion. Soils have formed on three different substrates: most on flysch, less on limestone, and on river alluvium. Types of soil on flysch: regosols, leptosols (carbonate rendzina), cambisols, antrosols, luvisols, planosols. (source: Wikipedia)
The climate in Koper is sub-Mediterranean, characterized by long and hot summers, mild winters and frequent winds such as burja, jugo, and maestral. Average January temperatures are above 4°C, while average July temperatures are above 22°C. The sea is coldest in February (8°C) and warmest in August (24°C). The most rainfall occurs in the fall. (Source: Wikipedia)
Olives and oil
The production of olive oil in Slovenia is small compared to other EU countries, but the quality of olive oil produced is high. Slovenia produces between 1,800 and 2,500 tons of olives annually, yielding between 400 and 450 tons of olive oil.