Since 2018, the annual Modri Les Noirs has been bringing together the best and most recognizable Slovenian Pinot Noir producers with renowned winemakers from the region and beyond. It is not just an event; it is a synonym for the community of Pinot Noir lovers. Growing, being more international and more passionate every year. It is the first and only festival of pinot noir in the region.

So far, Modri Les Noirs has brought together 30 Pinot Noir producers from 9 countries, hundreds of wine enthusiasts, international journalists, renowned chefs, sommeliers, and leading wine scholars.

It takes place in Kendov Dvorec, a unique 5* hotel in Slovenia, a member of Relais & Châteaux. Food is prepared by top-notch chefs, recommended by the Michelin Guide Slovenia 2020, 2021 and 2022 as a restaurant in a fairytale setting with a fascinating history, with its origins dating back to 1377

Modri Les Noirs has two parts: Masterclass and Festival.


MASTERCLASS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

The Masterclass, starting at 5 PM, is led by the renowned British wine expert, Quentin Sadler and the main organizer, Matjaž Lemut, TILIA Estate – House of Pinots. The workshop is a unique opportunity for an in-depth presentation of the creation of selected Pinot Noirs from Slovenia, the region and beyond.

Ten winemakers will reveal the creative paths and secrets that made their wine unique.

The evening ends with a gala dinner, which will be prepared by the Chefs of Kendov Dvorec, Relais & Châteaux.

Price: 80 Eur

AGENDA

16.30

Registration

17.00

Matjaž Lemut

Opening address
Why is Pinot Noir not just another good red wine?
Matjaž Lemut, main organiser, TILIA estate – House of Pinots

17.10

Quentin Sadler

The evolution of Pinot Noir: from classic to avant-garde
Quentin Sadler, wine educator, UK

17.20

In person! Secrets of Pinot Noir through the stories of winemakers
Ten selected winemakers will be presenting their Pinot Noirs. Discussion will be led by Matjaž Lemut, TILIA Estate – House of Pinots, and Quentin Sadler, UK. With their original approach, serious and humorous stories, visitors will be taken through the native wine countries, exploring the originality of production. Winemakers will reveal their creative paths and secrets, which made the wine unique and will have the opportunity to continue the discussion over dinner.

19.35

Dinner with selected Pinot Noirs
Kendov Dvorec is recommended by the Michelin Guide Slovenia 2020, 2021 and 2022 as a restaurant in a fairytale setting with a fascinating history, with its origins dating back to 1377. The hotel and its restaurant with head chef Klavdij Pirih are situated in one of the most historically interesting areas of Slovenia, famous for its lace production as well as many of the local ingredients which find their way into the dishes served here.

The Programme will be held in English, some wine presentations might be in the native languages of winemakers.


FESTIVAL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

The festival takes place between 1 and 8 PM. More than 100 Pinot Noirs from local and foreign wineries will be available. You will also be able to participate in two mini-masterclasses led by Quentin Sadler, and enjoy food specialties by Chefs of Kendov Dvorec.

Price: 30 Eur, mini masterclass 10 Eur

11.30

Registration

12.00

Opening of the festival

15.00

Quentin Sadler

Pinot Noirs, selected for YOU (I)
Mini masterclass (max 20 people, 5 wines) Quentin Sadler, wine educator, UK

The chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of five Pinot Noirs from around the world.
Wine educator Quentin Sadler, with more than 30 years of experience in the UK wine trade, will make a special wine flight of Pinot Noirs. What to expect? Five great wine samples, and many faces of Pinot Noir clearly on display.
Mini-masterclass takes place in the beautiful meeting room in Kendov Dvorec, called ‘Hiša’ – The House. A fireplace with an inglenook and a shrine in ‘Hiša’ Meeting Room gives the atmosphere of a cosy home. The most authentically decorated space reminds us of the local tradition.
The room takes up to 20 people, so reservations for the mini-masterclass are obligatory.
Price: 10 Eur
Reservation of the seats at: tonja@tiliaestate.si

16.00

Matjaž Lemut

In the glory of pinot noir
Matjaž Lemut, main organiser, TILIA estate – House of Pinots

17.00

Quentin Sadler

Pinot Noirs, selected for YOU (II)
Mini masterclass (max 20 people, 5 wines) Quentin Sadler, wine educator, UK

The chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of five Pinot Noirs from around the world.
Wine educator Quentin Sadler, with more than 30 years of experience in the UK wine trade, will make a special wine flight of Pinot Noirs. What to expect? Five great wine samples, and many faces of Pinot Noir clearly on display.
Mini-masterclass takes place in the beautiful meeting room in Kendov Dvorec, called ‘Hiša’ – The House. A fireplace with an inglenook and a shrine in ‘Hiša’ Meeting Room gives the atmosphere of a cosy home. The most authentically decorated space reminds us of the local tradition.

The room takes up to 20 people, so reservations for the masterclass are obligatory.
Price: 10 Eur
Reservation of the seats at: tonja@tiliaestate.si


WINEMAKERS

Modri Les Noirs is honoured to host some of the Slovenians and regions’ best, most interesting, dedicated, and talented winemakers.

This year’s list of winemakers has not yet been finalized, but 30 winemakers from nine countries have presented themselves at the festival in the past:

CASTELFEDER, Italy
ETYEKI KÚRIA WINERY, Hungary
FERAVINO, Croatia
FRANZ HAAS, Italy
GALIĆ WINES, Croatia
HEAPS GOOD WINE COMPANY, Styrian Slovenia
JAKONČIČ, Goriška Brda
KRISTANČIČ FROM MEDANA, Goriška Brda
MARJAN SIMČIČ, Goriška Brda
MAISON VINCENT GIRARDIN, France
BURJA ESTATE, Vipava valley
PASJI REP ESTATE, Vipava valley
SANCTUM, Styrian Slovenia
SALOMON&ANDREW, New Zealand
KOVAČEVIĆ WINERY, Serbia
TOMAC WINERY, Croatia
TILIA ESTATE, Vipava valley
VINA ČUK, Vipava valley
SAKSIDA WINES, Vipava valley
VINA VERUS, Styrian Slovenia
VINA ŠČUREK, Goriška Brda
VINA ZAVEC, Haloze
PRINCIČ WINE, Goriška Brda
JOANNES PROTNER WINES, Styrian Slovenia
KORAK WINERY, Croatia
SONTACCHI WINERY, Croatia
ZDENKO ŠEMBER WINERY, Croatia
JAMŠEK WINE, Vipava valley
WINE KUPLJEN Styrian Slovenia
WINNICE WZGÓRZ TRZEBNICKICH, Poland


BUY TICKETS 4th Modri Les Noirs / Pinot Noir Festival and Master Class – 15. in 16. OCTOBER 2022

Selected Value: 0

Due to the limited number of places, advance booking & payment is required the latest by October 13 2022.