Guarded by klopotec, grapes of the world oldest vine are safe from birds.
More than a construction
Sometimes when we walk around and see a wooden mill, it seems just like a construction. Obviously someone took time to design and build it. What we miss is that this may actually have completly another purpose. And it was not just put there.
People gathered, sang a song and had a traditional ceremony of raising klopotec. Even the mayor had to attend one of the most important moments that announces the Old Vine festival.
This wooden mill that is set just in front of Oldest Vine in the world has a specific purpose. As it spins in the wind it produces loud noise that is intended for scaring the birds. By this it is guarding the tasty grapes on the vine. For centuries it is used in the wineyards around Slovenia, Austria and Croatia.
So when you travel the wine roads around here, make sure you listen well. Because you can be sure that if you travel in the direction of the sound of klopotec, you will arrive to a place with amazing wine cellar and best wines of the world.
(this fantastic photo is by Domen Groegl)