World’s Oldest Vine

The heart of Maribor, Lent, is home to the oldest vine in the world. At more than 400 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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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. Step inside and you’re likely to find yourself walking in on one of many seasonal events celebrating wine and culinary art. And to celebrate the Old Vine, Maribor and vicinity boast numerous picturesque wine roads and wineries.

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.

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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Up and down the wine roads

The wine-growing tradition in the Maribor region is marked by exceptional white wines, which rank among the best in the world. So take a trip down one of the wine roads in the vicinity and enjoy yourself, while getting to know age-old customs and traditions. Tourist farms and wineries along the Maribor, Podpohorje and Upper Slovenske Gorice wine roads, as well as those along the Trail of Archduke Johann, are the perfect choice for those who enjoy superb wines and fine food.

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