Why spend autumn in the wine-producing regions?
It doesn’t have to be mentioned specifically that autumn is the most intense and yet the most wonderful time of the year for winegrowers and winemakers. They spread this joy among their guests, who visit Slovenia’s wine-producing regions in autumn. They’ll invite you to join the harvest, get to know their wines at different festivals and events, discover interesting traditions and celebrate with them. Here are a few good reasons to visit the wine-growing regions of Slovenia in autumn.
Everything starts in vineyards. Ripe grape berries call to be harvested, which doesn’t only denote hard work in Slovenia, but is also considered to be a one-of-a-kind social event. Besides family members, harvests are attended by neighbours and friends, and in some areas other guests are invited as well. If you receive such an invitation, don’t hesitate to accept. Grab a pair of vineyard shears and join in the cheerful atmosphere among the vines stimulated by the sound of an accordion. A feast, likof, will follow at the end as a reward consisting of local delicacies and wine, of course.
The Old Vine and the Old Vine Festival
Where does the oldest vine in the world grow? At Lent in Maribor, the town nestled between the Drava River and the green Pohorje Hills. The noble renowned vine that is more than 450 years old boasts many unique features. It has its own museum, festival and even an anthem. Most events celebrating the Old Vine take place in autumn during the Old Vine Festival. It all begins with a solemn harvest and ends with the traditional St Martin’s Day celebrations in November. During this time, you can attend various events or visit the Old Vine House where it’s possible to try the Old Vine’s authentic wine.
Wine holidays in Slovenia
Slovenia has three wine-growing regions and a number of festivals are organised in each of them where local and other wines are showcased. Certain events also integrate wines with other local (gastronomic) peculiarities. Although, the majority of events taking place in vineyards and wine cellars are organised in autumn, festivals and gatherings featuring wine also take place during other seasons.
The most beautiful wine experiences
True worshippers of wine are aware of the importance of wine culture for the experience of wine to be really authentic. Diverse experiences and quaint features well worth exploring are connected to wine and wine-producing hills. How about a tasting of sparkling wine that hasn’t been exposed to light? Or a glass of wine from a wine fountain? Perhaps you might be interested in the oldest wine cellar that has been in existence for more than 700 years? Or an authentic experience of wine-producing and wine-making tradition with locals in typical vineyard cottages and repnice (turnip storage caves that have been turned into wine cellars)?
St Martin’s Day celebrations
Once the grapes are harvested, they go into a press and from that must is squeezed, which only becomes young wine on St Martin’s Day that is by far the largest holiday for winemakers. It’s celebrated on 11 November when many festivities are held around the country and where the new wine harvest is celebrated. In addition to young wine, the traditional St Martin’s feast must also be served, which includes roasted goose or duck, red cabbage and mlinci pasta tatters. Extensive St Martin’s Day celebrations are usually held in larger towns of wine-producing regions, which are variegated with performances by music groups and other accompanying events.