The main theme is wine
Slovenia is proud to have three wine regions, where grapes are grown that give Slovenian wines their refined flavours. Wine is also at the very centre of many stories and experiences that either bring you closer to Slovenian wine-making and its wine tradition or reflect modern trends and innovation. Quite a few events and festivals around Slovenia are devoted to wine, and the most exciting time is autumn, the time for harvests and later also St Martin’s Day celebrations. Discover some of the most interesting stories and experiences related to wine, which you just cannot miss.
The queen of all grapevines
As you walk through Lent, the old part of the city of Maribor, beside the River Drava, you will encounter the oldest grapevine in the world. The Žametovka vine, i.e. Blauer Kölner, has weathered every storm for four centuries and now proudly greets visitors. This is the only plant with its own museum in the Old Vine House, and it even has its own anthem. Exciting things happen around this vine at many traditional events and festivals.
Learn about other top wine attractions
In addition to the old vine in Maribor’s Lent area, you can also find some interesting places and objects in Slovenia connected with wine and are considered to be top attractions in Slovenia.
Experiences among grapevines
Take a ride, stay, enjoy the views, and taste local wines amidst the vineyards. Experience the most unforgettable moments with unique experiences surrounded by grapevines.
A view of vineyards from the Vinarium Panoramic Tower
The 53.5-metre Vinarium Panoramic Tower proudly rises above the Lendavske Gorice Hills, and from its top you can enjoy an incredible view of no fewer than four countries. Enjoy the view of the romantic landscape, covered in vineyards, with vast fields, and Pannonian villages.More
Holidays in a vineyard cottage
As you visit the gentle rolling hills of the Dolenjska and Bela Krajina regions, and some hills in the Posavje region too, adorable sun-kissed vineyard cottages will surely catch your eye. These cottages are known as zidanice and they are the pride of every true Dolenjska and Bela Krajina local. These cottages also have their own wine cellar under the living area. Step into the shoes of the local residents and become a keeper of one of these zidanice cottages for a short while.More
A visit to repnice turnip caves
While in the Posavje region, be sure to visit the typical repnice (pronounce rep-nee-tzeh) turnip caves. These are special caves that were once used to store food, mainly turnips, but most of them have been converted into pleasant wine cellars.More
Wine from a castle vineyard
Did you know that in Sevnica you can taste wine from a castle vineyard? Five hundred Blue Franconian vines have been planted on the fortified terraces below Sevnica Castle. The grapes are used to produce special castle wine called Castle Blood, which can be tasted at the Castle wine shop.More
Cycling among Vineyards
Take a cycle ride on wine roads. The routes will take you through gentle wine-growing hills and vast plains, past tourist farms, winemakers, snack bars, and other establishments where you can taste local wines and be revitalised by enjoying local flavours.
Wine barrels are useful in other ways, too
Can you imagine spending your holiday in a wine barrel? You can experience this at the Wine Village at Terme Ptuj Spa, a unique glamping facility, where wine barrels have been converted into comfortable holiday accommodation. You can also take a sauna in a wine barrel. In addition to taking a Finnish sauna in a wine barrel in Ptuj, you can also experience a wine sauna at Terme Maribor Spa.
A visit to a wine cellar
No matter which wine region you visit, the local people will always offer you their wine, of which they are particularly proud. This could be Refošk from Istria, Karst Teran, Vipava Zelen or Pinela, Metliška Črnina from Bela Krajina, Cviček from Dolenjska, or any other wine variety. No matter where you go, you will always be able to enjoy some good local food with your glass of wine. We highly recommend that you visit the most well-known wine cellars.
A special kind of wine tasting
In addition to visiting wine cellars, tourist farms, and winemakers, you can also experience the refined flavours of Slovenian wines in a completely different way.
Wine-related events all year round
Good wine is the pride of every wine-maker. And they want to share the joy that they feel when enjoying a glass of fine wine. This is why you can visit wine festivals and holidays in Slovenia in all seasons, and even enjoy some other local delicacies too. However, autumn is the most exciting time, as it brings a new harvest of grapes and new wine.
Wine festivals and events
Wine receives a lot of attention in Slovenia. This is also evident due to the numerous festivals and events at which wine often plays the leading role. Sometimes, you can also enjoy other culinary treasures from a particular area and much more.
As the summer comes to an end and autumn is just around the corner, vineyards come to life. Ripe grapes invite us to harvest, and the hard work of grape pickers is accompanied by joyous singing celebrating the new harvest.
St Martin's Day celebrations
The most widespread celebration of wine and the culture of wine in Slovenia is the celebration of St Martin's Day. This is when St Martin is said to transform must to wine. In addition to young wine, a traditional St Martin’s feast is a must during this time.
Osmice wine bars
Follow the trail of ivy branches and visit ‘wine bars’ called osmice – these are occasional wine bars in the Primorska wine-growing region that have a tradition dating back more than two hundred years. Local residents will not only serve you wine, but will also gladly offer you a slice of wind-dried ham (pršut), pancetta, home-made bread, štruklji (dumplings filled with curd cheese), strudels, and other delicious delicacies.