Old Vine House

Old Vine House

Discover the rich wine heritage of Maribor, the Štajerska region and Slovenia and taste the tradition, told by the oldest vine in the world.

Home to the oldest vine in the world

In the old city centre in Lent, in front of the Old Vine House, stands more than 450-year-old Žametovka or Modra kavčina vine variety. It is even included in the Guinness Book of records as the oldest vine in the world, which still bores vintage fruit.

The Old Vine was planted at 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 walls. Even the fires in the late Middle Ages could not destroy it, not even the garden lice, which decimated most of the other vines nor the ally bombing of the city. It still lives.

Today the Old Vine is the only plant that has its own display space in the Old Vine House. Its descendants grow on almost all continents in the world and the many places in Slovenia. And it is in the honour of the Old Vine, the Maribor and the surroundings that they organised many picturesque wine roads and numerous wine cellars.

Explore the events and the selection of the Old Vine House

The Old Vine House features a wine shop for its visitors with the tasting space, where you can try the 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.

Explore the Wine tasting, snack and chocolate offer in the old vine house

Old Vine House

Old Vine House

Oldest vine in the world

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Old Vine House

Old Vine House

Treasury of wines from Maribor and its surroundings

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Guided tour of the Old Vine House

Guided tour of the Old Vine House

from 15.00€ for groups

Discover the secrets of the oldest vine in the world!

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Big guy`s wine highlights with the World`s Oldest Vine

Big guy`s wine highlights with the World`s Oldest Vine

from 77.00€ per person

Set out on a five-star wine journey.

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Events honouring the Old Vine

Each year the Old Vine House hosts events with a wine and culinary topic. In the summer months you can sit in the wine garden in the company of an excellent wine of the Štajerska region and enjoy the view of the venerable vine.

Other events:
- Cutting the Old Vine > an event with gifting of Old Vine to selected cities
- St. Martin's Celebration > the largest one-day celebration in Slovenia
- Old Vine Festival > top quality tourist and culinary festival of culture and wine

St. Martin’s Day celebration
11. 11. 2020 

St. Martin’s Day celebration

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Setting up of the Wind Rattle in Front of the Old Vine House
25. 7. 2020 

Setting up of the Wind Rattle in Front of the Old Vine House

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The Old Vine Festival
From 17. 9. 2020 to 20. 9. 2020 

The Old Vine Festival

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The ceremonious grape harvest of the oldest vine in the world
20. 9. 2020 

The ceremonious grape harvest of the oldest vine in the world

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Pruning of the Old Vine, the oldest vine in the world
7. 3. 2020 

Pruning of the Old Vine, the oldest vine in the world

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Gathering place of lovers of wine culture

The Old Vine House is also the honorary seat of the Slovenian and international institutions, pledged to the celebration of wine and wine culture: The Honourable Wine Covenant of Saint Urban, the European Order of Wine Knights, Slovene Order of Wine Knights and the Association of Representatives of Slovene and Maribor Wine Queens.

Did you know?

  • the Old Vine grapes is the Žametovka or Modra kavčina variety and it is one of the oldest domesticated vintage wine varieties in Slovenia.
  • the 35 to 55 kg of symbolic annual harvest is bottled in 2.5 dcl bottles of the renowned artist, Oskar Kogoj, which is a precious protocol gift. Only 100 is filled each year!
  • Maribor features a vineyard of Old Vine descendants.

Interesting facts

Most frequent questions about Old Vine

The most frequent questions about the oldest vine were answered by Stane Kocutar.
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Vineyard of Old Vine descendants

The vineyard of the descendants of the renowned 400-year-old Žametna črnina.
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Maribor Wine Queen

Every two years there is a competition for the the ambassador of the oldest vine in the world-
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