Pinela is an autochthonous variety grown only in the Primorje region; despite some similarity in name, Pinela is in no way related to the Pinots. It is a very rare grape, and winegrowers have tended to avoid it as it is very vulnerable to frost and quite susceptible to molds and rot. Luckily, the vine is being reestablished and with professional supervision and modern production methods, the shortcomings of the vine are being overcome so that this rare and interesting wine can now be made available to the general public.
The wine is light yellow, moderate in alcohol and acids, with a subtle bouquet and a pleasant, fresh, and fruity flavour. Pinela does not improve with age although it can retain its qualities for several years; in any case, its attraction is the freshness and liveliness of a young wine.
Pinela is an exclusive of the Vipava Valley in Primorje, although good conditions for its cultivation are also found in Brda.
Pinela should be served at 10 - 12 °C (50 - 53.6 °F); as a fresh, light, and lively wine, it goes best with light cheeses, freshwater fish, and pasta.