Slovenian No.1’s

3rd September 2021

Istenič No 1 Slovenian

We all strive to be the very best, the finest and most accomplished, to be No.1, whether it be in business, sports, or family, but sometimes we just fall short of being the very best and end up being one of the best, gaining that silver medal to take home rather than the gold, but that doesn’t mean you’ve failed, on the contrary, it means you’ve done an extremely good job and no matter where you finish you should always celebrate with a glass of bubbly.

Let’s look at some of Slovenian’s Silver Medal Winning Athletes and then raise a glass of Istenič No.1 to celebrate which itself took home a Silver Medal.

Sara Isaković
Slovenian swimmer

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Sara Isaković at the age of 20 placed 2nd in the 200 freestyle with the time of 1:54.97, becoming the second woman ever to break the 1 min 55 sec mark. It is still, to this day, the only swimming Olympic medal won for Slovenia. Ref.

Anamari Velenšek
Slovenian Olympic athlete

Anamari ‘Ana’ Velenšek is a Slovenian judoka. She won several medals at the world and European championships in 2011–15 and competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. In 2015, she won silver at the World Championships. Ref.

Jure Franko
Olympic athlete

Jure Franko is a Slovenian-Yugoslav former alpine skier, best known for winning a giant slalom silver medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Ref.

Istenič – No.1

Istenič has one of those stories that inspire you to try, back in 1968 the family bought an abandoned farmhouse along with 0.1 hectares of vineyard, they produced their first Sparkling Wine using the traditional method, naming it after their daughter Barbara.

Fast forward to today, they now have an annual production of 200,000 bottles, Istenič is a highly respected and leading house in Bizeljsko in terms of both volume and quality, they’ve also taken home many awards including some medals from the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020 and with 11 bottles of Sparkling Wine to choose from, you’ll definitely find one that you love, you can also still buy a bottle of their Barbara Sparkling Wine that they started all those years ago.

Istenič – No.1 – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “A light brioche and toasty aroma.”

Flavour – “Soft and elegant yellow fruits and tropical fruits and a hint of yellow citrus and yellow floral on the palate.”

This Slovenian Sparkling Wine Won a Silver Medal in the Zesty & Zingy Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020.

Oliver Walkey

Oliver Walkey

WSET 2 Journalist focused on sharing Champagne and Sparkling Wine reviews and cocktails to the world.