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The 22nd Festival of the Old Vine, the festival celebrating wine, cuisine and culture, will begin in Maribor this week. It will honour the 450-year-old Guinness record holder, the oldest vine in the world. The four-day festival program includes wine-culinary and musical evenings, a market with local products, concerts by veteran bands and many other experiences in Maribor and its surroundings.

The festival will culminate with the festive harvest of the Old Vine, which will take place on 2 October.

From 29 September to 2 October, the Maribor Tourism Board, in cooperation with local providers, event organisers and service providers, will hold the four-day Old Vine Festival 2022, during which they will present the quality gastronomic offer of the Styrian capital through 14 events. The event aims to showcase the tradition and preserve cultural heritage. The central venue will be in front of Old Vine House in Maribor’s Lent, while the cultural happenings will take place in the city centre and its surroundings.

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The world’s oldest grapevine is the pride of Maribor

The eventful program includes culinary highlights, a concert by local rapper Leopold I., wine tastings, and the pinnacle of the festival, the ceremonial 36th harvest of the Old Vine.

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The Old Vine was planted in the Middle Ages when Maribor was sieged by the Turks. It survived despite the wrathful battles that raged around it since it was once part of the city walls. Even the fires in the late Middle Ages could not destroy it, not even the vine louse, which caused most of the vineyards in Europe to wither, nor the allied bombing of the city. Its descendants grow on almost every continent and many Slovenian cities and towns.

Find out more about the program here.


For more information please contact:

Maribor Tourist Board
Ms. Nataša Jančar
T +386 (0)2 234 66 00