The holiday of fruitful autumn
The most widespread celebration in Slovenia related to wine and the culture of wine is the celebration of St Martin's Day. It is celebrated on 11 November and for a week or two after that. You will not experience autumn dancing like this anywhere else in Europe, so visit one of the large celebrations of St Martin's Day. To really experience the celebration of St Martin's Day, you should drive to the source of wine—to vineyards and winemakers. St Martin's Day is celebrated not only in all Slovenian wine-growing regions, but from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pannonian plains.
When must turns into wine
The roots of St Martin's Day celebrations supposedly arise from a Celtic holiday which paid tribute to the fruitfulness of the autumn in the fields and vineyards. St Martin, a bishop from Tours in France with Hungarian roots, seemed like the most appropriate successor and protector of this important time. The joy as must turns into real wine is incomparable with any other holiday in Slovenia. Almost every seventh Slovenian is a winegrower and it is no coincidence that the greatest Slovenian TV soap operas of all time are related to wine dynasties.
St Martin's Day is redolent of like wine and delicacies
In addition to the celebration of a new wine vintage, St Martin's Day is characterised by its typical dishes, including, in addition to other types of poultry, the most typical roast goose or duck with shredded flatbread (mlinci) and stewed red cabbage. You will find St Martin's Day menus in most restaurants in Slovenia. Indispensable dishes include pogača, potica and other sweet delicacies.