The central souvenir from this area is fine wines, particularly white ones, some of which enjoy a great international reputation. Home to the nation's best Welschriesling and Rhine Riesling. The superior, native Šipon
, however, is produced in Prlekija. Exquisite Traminer is produced in Radgona-Kapela Gorice. Some people also rank Ranina
among the indigenous grape varieties, and the area also produces Green Sylvaner, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Yellow Muscat, Rivaner, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir, Kerner and others.
Since the second half of the 18th century, vineyards and winegrowing have been associated with the setting up of wooden wind rattles called »klopotci«
. Originally, they would have been used to scare off birds, but today they produce a pleasant sound which echoes among winegrowing hills before and during the grape harvest. This winegrowing region of Slovenia is therefore home to the »klopotec«. There are two distinct types: the Prlekija and the Haloze styles. Wind rattles, either life-size or in miniature, are a very popular souvenir.
Another activity is closely connected to wine and the wine culture. That is glassmaking
, or specifically glass blowing and cutting. The products are exquisite glasses and other drining vessels. The centre of modern-day glassmaking in Slovenia is the spa town of Rogaška Slatina
. Having won widespread acclaim for its remarkable mineral springs centuries ago, this town has been an important health resort ever since. The natural mineral waters
from Rogaška and nearby Radenci wonderfully complement the offer of souvenirs in Slovenia.
But let's go back to wine and wine culture. Maribor's Lent boasts the oldest living grapevine in the world, which still thrives every year. It is estimated to be more than 400 years old, so the sheer memory of this grapevine growing by the Drava River can be a unique experience for everyone.
During the Mardi Gras period, the oldest Slovenian town Ptuj
and its near and far surroundings transform into a colourful and vibrant hotspot of carnival customs with numerous masquerades. Some of those customs are modern reenactments of ancient rituals, which featured exceptional characters. One such character is the »korant«
. As a memento of your encounter with the kurents, there are minature mascots and an excellent monograph published on this topic.
The Štajerska and the neighbouring Prekmurje regions, the latter described in more detail below, have been producing delicious Štajerska-Prekmurje pumpkin oil since the 18th century
. This highly aromatic oil can serve a variety of purposes – it can be used in various dishes and salads, even as a topping for vanilla ice cream. Pumpkin seeds too can be used for cooking. Gostilna Rajh in Bakovci near Murska Sobota, in the Prekmurje region, add various flavours to the seeds and pack them in neat packaging.
This part of Slovenia offers another firstclass nutritional product: »prleška tünka«,
which is premium pork preserved in a special way. Pork meat is first gently smoked or cooked, then roasted and cooled. Cold pieces of meat are then put in wooden tubs or receptacles, which are then filled up with minced lard. Meat preserved in this way retains its natural juices and is a true delight to the taste buds.