Avtor fotografij: Dejan Bulut.

A Tribute to the oldest vine in the world

This weekend the city of Maribor (Slovenia) traditionally opened the Old Vine Festival with the harvesting of the oldest vine in the world. A festival of gastronomy, wine, culture and entertainment as usually opened with the harvest and with lively happenings through 5 weeks and around 70 events continue until the St. Martins Day on 11th November 2016.

The Old Vine Festival is a culinary and cultural tribute to the oldest vine in the world, which grows on Lent, the oldest part of Maribor. The Old Vine is the pride of Maribor, Styria and Slovenia and the event in this sense is also honoring its vine history with wine, food, culture and entertainment and also all to celebrate this symbol of Slovenian wine and persistence. In the heart of the old city center on Lent, the oldest vine in the world still grows in front of the Old Vine House.

The Old Vine Festival offers visitors an opportunity to get to know the best Styrian and Slovenian winemakers, accompanied by an interesting entertainment program. As part of the Old Vine Festival, the famous VinDel will be held, the International Wine & Delicacy Salon as well as the Salon of Styrian Young Wines Pubec. The festival concludes with the largest outdoor celebration of St. Martin’s Day in Slovenia. Everything topped with great culinary delights that go together with wine, from traditional local dishes, city streets and markets stalls with offers from cheesemakers, beekeepers, organic farms feast, cooking in kettles and other magnificent culinary treats that just satisfy every gourmet taste buds.

The confirmed age of this “Žametovka” or “Modra Kavčina” vine is over 400 years, which won it a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest noble vine in the world still bearing grapes. Main event of the festival is traditional grape-harvesting of the Old Vine on Lent, wine and gastronomy evening in the Old Vine House, hiking and cycling tours along the surrounding wine roads and off course the biggest St. Martin`s Day celebration 11th November.


The city of Maribor truly offers a unique 5 week programme with more than 70 events so it is no surprise that it attracts many guests from Slovenia and all over the world who stay in Maribor longer and enjoy the hospitality that beautiful city offers also with amazing countryside at Pohorje. With Terme Maribor and their diverse accommodation offer as the main host serves as the connection and proves the amazing hospitality of city Maribor.