THE LARGEST OPEN-AIR CELEBRATION
At the end of September, the city of Maribor (Slovenia) opened the Old Vine Festival. The Old Vine Festival is a gastronomic and cultural tribute to the oldest vine in the world, which grows in Lent, the oldest part of Maribor. Lively events were taking place all the way 11th of November, when the Old Vine Festival was closed with the 35th annual St.Martin’s Day Celebration – the largest open-air celebration of its kind anywhere in Slovenia with rich wine and culinary offerings, the traditional christening of the must, home-made cuisine, excellent Styrian wines, rich catering offerings, and unforgettable entertainment with numerous live music performances. On this occasion, even 20,000 visitors from Slovenia and abroad came to the Slovenian Styrian capital.
WATER TOWER FULL OF WINE
For all wine lovers, Maribor is the place to be. Namely, as soon as you leave the city streets you will find yourself among beautiful vineyards offering breathtaking views. The influence of the wine tradition in Maribor is practically felt at every step.
One of Maribor’s unique wine infrastructures, and also the first Slovenian winery offering only Slovenian wines, is the old historic water tower that stores wine bottles and represents a completely different type of wine store. The Water Tower Winery (Vinoteka Vodni stolp) is situated on the left bank of the Drava river, in the heart of Maribor’s Old Town – Lent. The Water Tower has two floors – the ground floor was transformed into a modern winery Namely, on the top floor of the former bastion, where a round, in medieval style equipped hall is located, smaller groups are welcomed to organize banquets and wine tastings or even organize various cultural and social events such as concerts, exhibitions, lectures, screenings, seminars, etc.
A UNIQUE RIVER ISLAND
The island Mariborski otok, a unique type of river island in Slovenia, lies about five kilometres from the city centre of Maribor. The island itself is a pleasant promenade as well as a recreation spot for jogging, hiking, roller-skating, and, in summer months, for swimming in its outdoor swimming pool complex. Additionally, the Nature trail around the island Mariborski otok is intended for all those who want to get to know the natural characteristics of the island: plants and animals, their habitats, and geological and geomorphologic specialties. Maribor island is characterized by a large variety of vegetation (263 plant species) and many rare and endangered animal species; 75 different species of birds have been registered so far.