Maribor is home to the oldest vine in the world. The “Modra kavčina” or “Žametovka” or “Žametna črnina” (Blauer Kölner), certified as being more than 400 years old, is the Guinness record holder for the oldest noble vine in the world still bearing grapes. The vine, also a protected natural monument, grows at the front of a long solid two-story old townhouse, named The Old Vine House (Hiša stare trte) situated in Lent, Maribor’s old city centre, and near the serene Drava River.
The Old Vine House, built in the 16th Century, is apart from being a hotspot of wine tradition and culture of Maribor, Styria and Slovenia, an exceptional event room offering wine tasting of excellent wines from the Styria region and it also offers space for business events and incentives.
On the 20th of December, the Old Vine House hosted a Champagne Evening. This already traditional and much beloved December event had been yet again fully booked by the aficionados of a good glass of wine. A renowned international wine expert Janez Verboten and a sommelier Franci Žgur took the guests onto the unique adventure into the world of Champagnes with a tasting selection of eight Champagnes.
The event started with a short presentation of the Champagne region and its most important cellars. After the presentation, the visitors were able to taste the aforementioned noble wines. And they agreed that next year they are coming back.