On the façade of the Old Vine House in the heart of the old city centre on Lent, the Old Vine – the world’s oldest vine – has been growing its roots for over 400 years. The house was built in the 16th century, and the south side, towards the Drava river, has seen no major architectural changes since then.
The Old Vine House today and in the past
The House used to be a part of the city wall, and often witnessed furious fights between the defenders of the city, and invaders. In medieval times the House suffered from several fires, but the resilient “Žametovka” growing in front of it survived unscathed to the present day. It also made it through World War II bombing, which partially demolished the House.
Today, the Old Vine House is a temple of wine tradition and culture of Maribor, Styria, and Slovenia, offering guided tours of rich wine patrimony and other museum exhibits. Visitors of the city are also welcome at the helpful tourist information centre.
The Old Vine House is the honorary seat of several Slovene and international associations sworn to honouring wine and wine culture, namely: The Honourable Wine Covenant of Saint Urban, European Order of Wine Knights, Slovene Order of Wine Knights, and the Association of Representatives of Slovene and Maribor Wine Queens.
Wine shop and wine tasting room
In the Old Vine House, visitors can visit the wine shop and the room for wine tastings of premium wines from the Maribor wine sub region as well as a souvenir shop where they sell delicious Slovene chocolates.
Old Vine House Gift Certificate can be the perfect gift!Throughout the year, the House hosts numerous events connected to wine and gastronomy. During the warmer months, you can sit in the wine garden with a glass of excellent Styrian wine and enjoy the view of the venerable “vine queen”.
Events in honour of the Old Vine
• Pruning of the Old Vine – a ceremonious event with the bestowal of scions to selected cities
• St. Martin’s Day – the biggest one-day St. Martin’s Day celebration in Slovenia
• Old Vine Festival – an incredible tourist festival of gastronomy, wine, and culture, starting with the ceremonial Old Vine grape harvest and ending with the St. Martin’s day celebration in Maribor, the biggest one-day St. Martin’s Day celebration in Slovenia
In the Old Vine House, we have prepared a gift catalogue where you will find a wide selection of original and unique gifts perfect for your friends, family, colleagues, and business partners.