Old Vine House

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In the old city centre of Maribor, also called Lent, in front of the Old Vine House, grows over 450-year-old Žametovka or Modra kavčina vine variety. It is included in the Guinness Book of records as the oldest vine in the world, which still bears fruit annually.

The Old Vine, the oldest grapevine in the world, was planted by the end of 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 wall. 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 ally bombing of the city. It still lives.

Today, the Old Vine is the only plant with its own display space in the Old Vine House. Its descendants grow on almost every continent and in many Slovenian cities and towns. Many picturesque wine roads and numerous wine cellars in Maribor and surrounding areas were established in the honour of the Old Vine.

The Old Vine House features a wine shop for its visitors with a tasting space, where you can try top-quality wines from the Štajerska Slovenia wine-growing region. We invite you to also attend guided tours of the rich wine heritage and museum artefacts. Select a favourite souvenir for yourself or your friends in the shop with souvenirs and excellent Slovenian chocolate.

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