Maribor is full of hidden surprises, even for the local people. Not all of them know that underneath the city centre’s square Trg svobode lies one of the largest and oldest classic wine cellars in Europe.
The Vinag wine cellar is Maribor’s true oenophile’s treasure trove of underground tunnels that stretches for 2,5 km and covers 20,000m², which is a size of 3 football courts. Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city, is well known for its established wine growing tradition and for the production of noble and extremely aromatic white wines such as Laški Rizling. Therefore it is no wonder that the city can boast itself of this 200 year old wine cellar that archives more than 250,000 boottles of best vintages and can store over 5 million litres of wine.
The cellar has a constant temperature of about 12 ° C and humidity of 90 percent. Walls of the underground corridors are covered with noble rot that produces specific microclimatic conditions enabling appropriate wine maturation. The cellar holds approximately 144 wooden barrels, the biggest one has the volume of 16,920 liters and dates back to 1862. There are also 50 different concrete tanks of different capacities, coated with special ceramic tiles (the largest ones hold about 280,000 to 370,000 liters) in which you can literally walk into and are justifiedly called the “submarines”.
The wine cellar is open for visitors and represents a unique venue, where various protocol activities and other social events are organised. The cellar warmly welcomes every guest with wine tasting of three different types of wine. The brand Vinag offers a wide range of different wines; from quality and premium wines, all the way to special quality wines, such as the late harvest, selection, berry selection, dry berry selection and ice wine. Here are some of varieties of white wines you can buy at the cellar’s shop: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Laski Riesling (Welschriesling), Cuvée, Mariborčan and Traminer.
The cellar’s wine archives hold more than 250.000 bottles of the best vintages, with the oldest bottle of wine dating back to 1946.
The cellar has a constant temperature of about 12 ° C and humidity of 90 percent
The noble rot, covering the walls of the cellar, is enabling optimal conditions for wine maturation.
The Vinag wine cellar can store over 5 million litres of wine.