Hidden for much of the twentieth century from the world under a cloak of communism, Slovenia is recently been discovered by the tourists. One such tourism spot recently rediscovered is city of Maribor. Maribor, is the second largest town, after the national capital of Ljubljana and itself is a historically significant city.
One main attraction, among many others, the Vine of Maribor. Said to be 400 years old, making it, according to local records, the oldest vine in continuous production of quality grapes, in Europe. Though, some enthusiastic locals would like it to promote it as the oldest in the world, but then there are other contenders for the same title.
Called the ‘Stara Trta’ or the ‘Old Vine’, the plant is part of the house that was built in 17th century and the evidence of the plant itself is produced in couple of paintings dating to 1657 and 1681 respectively.
Every year, the grapes are harvested from the plant is what can only be described as a national festival. Though, the plant being on a smaller scale, only produces some 50 kg of grapes, of which about 100 bottles of wine is produced.
Every year, Town Mayor presents graft from the vine to other cities and regions as a token of friendship and cooperation. Each graft comes with a Certificate of Originality.