World’s Oldest Vine

The heart of Maribor, Lent, is home to the oldest vine in the world. At more than 450 years old it’s the only plant boasting its own museum – the Old Vine House. Maribor hosts a number of events celebrating the Old Vine, such as the Pruning of the Old Vine, St. Martin’s Day, and the Old Vine Festival. Believe it or not, the Old Vine even has its own anthem, and the locals are only too keen to let you hear it.

From the Middle Ages to the present day

Žametovka or modra kavčina (Bleu de Cologne), confirmed at 400 years of age, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world still producing fruit. The old vine was planted in Maribor at the end of the Middle Ages during the Turkish invasions. It witnessed – and survived – the battles that raged between the invaders and defenders of the city, for the Old Vine House of today was once part of the city wall.

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Enjoy gastronomic Maribor

Set out on gastronomic journeys through the city of Maribor and its surroundings. You can enjoy a vast variety of Štajerska flavours, and all paths will lead you to the Old Vine House.

A gourmet getaway for rockers at heart

A five-star rock ’n’ roll of tastes will take you to Maribor’s gourmet spots and fill you with nostalgia for the city’s rock ‘n’ roll character of the 1960s. The experience is a unique blend of gastronomy and alternative cultural life that will make you rightfully cry out: “Rock on!”

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A gourmet getaway for rockers at heart

A gourmet getaway for rockers at heart

A five-star rock ’n’ roll of tastes will take you to Maribor’s gourmet spots and fill you with nostalgia for the city’s rock ‘n’ roll character of the 1960s. The experience is a unique blend of gastronomy and alternative cultural life that will make you rightfully cry out: “Rock on!”

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Along the path of the most beautiful wine stories to the Old Vine

Along the path of the most beautiful wine stories to the Old Vine

Maribor’s surroundings are adorned with vast vineyards, which hide beautiful spots, such as the heart-shaped road in the Svečinske Gorice hills. A sommelier will help you discover the wines of the Štajerska region that pair perfectly with local cuisine. You will visit one of the largest and oldest classical wine cellars in Europe and finish your tour at the Old Vine House, home to more than just the oldest vine in the world. Live through its 450 years of history with special VR glasses.

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Wine tastings at the Old Vine House

Wine tastings at the Old Vine House

A more than 450-year-old vine, which is considered to be the oldest in the world, grows on Maribor’s Lent. It is a symbol of wine culture of the Štajerska region and the city of Maribor. It has its own museum, festival and even its own anthem. It is no wonder that the Old Vine House houses a wine bar with a selection of wines from 55 local winemakers. Here you will have the opportunity to taste the finest wines from the Štajerska region, accompanied by a local snack of homemade bread, pumpkin seed oil and salt.

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Old Vine House

The Old Vine is the only plant with its own museum – the Old Vine House. Once part of the city wall, the house today showcases a venerable wine heritage, with a winery and a wine tasting room offering premium wines from the Maribor wine region. And to celebrate the Old Vine, Maribor and vicinity boast numerous picturesque wine roads and wineries.

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Old Vine Festival

With an array of culinary, wine and cultural delicacies this premium festival event begins in October with the ceremonial grape harvest of the Old Vine and closes with the Feast of St. Martin in Maribor, the biggest St. Martin’s Day celebration in Slovenia. You’ll be able to experience the best that Slovenian wine producers, especially those from the Štajerska region, have to offer. Fans of traditional culinary delights will be able to sample authentic dishes by local chefs, and there’s also an exciting cultural programme to round it all off.

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450 years of the Old Vine through a virtual experience

Interested to see what more than 450 years was like for the Old Vine? You can use the virtual goggles at the Old Vine House and travel back to[P1]  history. The virtual experience will take you through the life and important events in Maribor from 1570 until today.

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A visit to the old town

There's plenty to see in Maribor. Lent is the oldest and most magical part of the city. Stop at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the Drava River. Art and history lovers will want to see the remains of the city wall and the medieval towers. Museums and galleries shed colourful light on life in Maribor, past and present. And come evening, go see a play at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor.

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