Gredic Food Experience
At the crossroad between Alps and Adriatic Sea lies Brda wine region which offers many extraordinary restaurants. Gredic restaurant in Ceglo village is one of them. With its spectacular location surrounded by the vineyards and orchards, rich history and dedicated chef, boasts breathtaking panoramic views and mouth-watering cuisine. You should put Gredic on your food map while exploring Slovenia! Let the gastronomic journey start!
A narrow street is passing by 2 world famous winemakers Movia and Marjan Simcic before turning left towards the 18th century old castle. This is a place of Gredic, boutique hotel standing on the border with Italy and on the edge of Brda wine region. It was renovated in 2012 preserving its historical charm from the days when it used to be a summer residency for rich aristocracy.
Nowadays Gredic, amidst vineyard and orchards, is hosting first-class restaurant, massive wine cellar and a modern hotel.
A renewed Gredic hotel offers 7 stylish rooms and suits of various sizes with top quality materials and high-tech equipment overlooking the idyllic Brda wine region. In the sunny day you can even spot Julian Alps in the distance.
A spacious lounge close to the reception hosts library, fireplace and comfy sofas.
Summer terrace and a swimming pool had no visitors.
But a real attraction is a well-stocked glamorous wine cellar in which 600 wine labels are presenting. The best sellers are sparkling wines from Medot winery and Marjan Simcic wines. It supposed to be the nicest wine cellar in Slovenia though. It looks like an underground cathedral with bare concrete walls, and shadowy lights. In a champagne “chapel” from which ceiling are hanging golden threads onto massive 200 years old oak tasting table symbolizing champagne bubbles. The extraordinary cellar is also a place which can host wine tastings and wine events where the local winemakers are presenting their wine to world wine experts.
The minimalistic but comfortable ambien of the hotel restaurant where the chef David Bucik is pampering our taste buds with seasonal and local ingredients, mixes Mediterranean and continental flavors based on Slovenian tradition. In Gredic exquisite food is paired with the best wines of Goriška Brda in Zalto glasses with a thin stalk. You get a feeling you are really dinning in a castle!
For my first plate I tasted 3 types of finger food (bread with truffle cream, smoked salmon profiterole cake, Magdalena cake topped with blue cheese cream) which were nicely paired with a sparkling wine Medot 48.
My table was overlooking the whole dining area so I could enjoy a great view on the neighboring fruit orchard. 3 other tables were occupied at Gredic restaurant during my visit.
Rebula 2018 from Medot winery accompanied my second very picturesque dish. Salmon Panna Cotta, salmon infused with beetroot, beetroot foam, olive oil dust, wasabi mayonnaise, balsamic dressing was very tasty and reach. I was chasing the foam on my plate for quite a while ;).
The sun was slowly going down while I was tasting a glass of Chardonnay 2016 from Marjan Simčič with linguine noodles topped with a crayfish foam and seafood. Knowledgeable sommelier Aleks provided lots of information about the wines.
Guess what, all of the guests got a footstool for a bag. I haven’t experience this gesture yet. Such a smart idea if you are tasting food and taking photos at the same time!
I stretched my legs for a bit and visited an art gallery that was currently hosting painting exhibition Tribute to Love of Rudi Skočir.
I still had some spare place in my stomach for tempura tuna with lime puree. A glass of Edi Simčič Triton Lex 2016 was a perfect match.
Sweet Verduc 2016 from Goriška Brda wine cellar and hazelnut ganas, pistachio cream, reverse cream was a perfect combo to finish fine dining experience at Gredic restaurant.