Picture-perfect Goriška Brda (‘Gorica Hills’) is a tiny wine-producing region that stretches from Solkan west to the Italian border. It's a charmer, reminiscent of Tuscany, full of rolling hills topped with small settlements and churches, its hillsides lined with grapevines and orchards.
In addition to its grapes and wine, Goriška Brda is celebrated for its fruit and olive oil, in particular its cherries (usually available from early June).
Your own wheels (two or four) are recommended for explorations. A good place to start is Dobrovo (population 328), 18km northwest of central Nova Gorica, where there's a castle, vinoteka and information centre.