History & Tradition

Bistrica ob Sotli is a settlement traditionally belonging to Styria region and archaeological finds in the area date back to the Illyrians. Before the name change in 1952 it was known as Sveti Peter pod Svetimi Gorami (literally “St. Peter below the Holy Mountains”) or called Šempeter, a common name used by the locals. Natural resources are providing a favourable environment for fruit cultivation, which has been for centuries a traditional activity in our area.


Williams pear is a variety of definitive flavour and sweetness and thus holding greatly recognized features for distillation as a traditional Viljamovka liquor of high quality, rich in notable aroma. Viljamovka pear brandy is typically considered the most representative and the high end of liquors, native to Slovenia.


Šempeter pod Svetimi Gorami. Photo taken between 1928 – 1947.
Source: Slovenian Ethnographic Museum