Location: Koper (Europe)
Location: Koper (Slovenia)

About Koper ...

The history of Koper goes back to the times of the Middle Bronze Age, 1500 years B.C. In the past , Koper was an island, first inhabited in pre- Roman and Roman times. Aegida, Capris, Justinopolis, Insula Capraria, Caput Histriae, Capo D`Istria are the various names of Koper, whose image and name were altered throughout history by different rulers and states. Of all Slovenian coastal towns, Koper underwent the greatest number of changes and progressed a long way from the story Goat Island to the economic centre of Slovenian Istra.  more

In Roman times, the town was called Capris, in the times of Pope Gregory I. it was Insula Capraria( the Goat Island), in Byzantine era it was called Justinopolis, the patriarchs of Aquilea named it Caput Histriae. Only in the times of the Venetian Republic its name was changed to Italian language: Capodistria. The modern city of Koper is a member of the Slovenian Association of Historic Towns. Various cultural events give life to its sreets and squares all year round, especially in the summer months. Last but not least, the establishing of the young University of Primorska, gives this city of abundant past, daring present and optimistic future a special kind of charm.


The Dragonja valley is one of the most beautiful natural sights of Slovene Istria. Along the valley, the Dragonja river and its numerous in-flows have created picturesque waterfalls and meanders with erosive activity. Rižana is a river of 14 km which flows through Slovenian coast. Its spring is situated near the KraŠki rob (close to the village of Hrastovlje). It course ends in Adriatic sea, near Sermin. Kraški rob represents the typical landscape that characterized Koper’s hinterland, where the Karst plateau merges with the flish land of Slovenian Istria.


Fun & sports

The lovers of alpine flowers are enchanted by peonies, irises, pale yellow louseworts, Carniolan lilies, burning-bushes and yellow gentians, in a word, a luxury of colours and shapes. On clear days, the view reaches the peaks of the Alps of Kamnik, Julian Alpas and Carniola Alps, Dolomites, the peaks of Čičarija, Učka and Snežnik. Below us we can see Brkini, Ččarija, a Karst plateau, the hills of Šavrinsko gričevje and the glittering blue of the Adriatic Sea. The rose of wind with all main directions helps us orient better. Owerhelmed by all the beauty, we can rest and refresh in the shelter of the mountain hut Tumova Koča opened mainly during weekends and holidays.


History & culture

Koper, the oldest town in Slovenia, developed on a rocky island with the Roman name Capris. Out of the three Slovenian coast cities (Koper, Izola, Piran), Koper has experienced the most numerous layout modifications. The reasons for that also need to be sought in the changes of various reigns and states, all of which marked the city with their specific traits and names. Koper was called Capris in Roman times, in the times of the pope Gregory I (599) Insula Capraria (“goat island”), Iustinopolis under the Byzantine Empire (between mid 6th and 8th centuries) and Caput Histriae (‘head of Istria’) by the Aquileia Patriarchs. The Venetians rendered that name into the Italian form, Capodistria. The Slovenian equivalent of the name is Koper.



The nobility and lavishness of our wine varieties can be attributed to the heritage of a thousand-year tradition of oenology and viticulture in Slovene Istria, and is the product of exquisite natural characteristics of Istrian soil, and the undulating coastal hills. At Vinakoper, our company that takes pride in and is honoured by the title of the largest producer of wine in Slovenia. We have been producing top-quality and luxurious wines since the foundation of the company in 1947.



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