As we leave the Soca River Valley and up over a ridge, we drive into some of the best wine-making area of Slovenia. The Karst Region. You can easily see Italy in the distance. Hilly country-side with a dry Mediterranean climate needed for growing great grapes. We stopped at one of the hill-top villages named Smartno. A favorite day trip for our guide, Tina, and her husband on one of their rare days off work and spent together (they are both guides for Rick Steves Tours). Pictures will do a better job describing this charming place with cute boutique shops. And no, I am not waiting for an opportune time to take pictures without tourists. They simply are not there. Another plus of this particular tour.