The Oldest Vines in the World
In the Slovenian city of Maribor growing vines that are because of his age, entered the Guinness Book of Records. It’s age is scientifically established 1972nd when it was determined that the vines are over 400 years old and the oldest vines in the world. It grows in front of the old house of wine in Vojašniška Street, which houses a museum dedicated to the vines and wine.
In the museum next to the exhibitions associated with the culture of wine, is also an impressive collection of different ages wines of the majority of Slovenian varieties. Every year from these old vines picked up a symbolic amount of fruit of about 25 liters, which is bottled in a specially designed bottles of 2.5 dl. Because of the small yield this wine Maribor city council serves only in exceptional circumstances.
Most events in Maribor are related to wine centuries ago. That wine is very important for this city, tells us the fact that “The Wine War” between medieval Ptuj and Maribor lasted 300 years. Around Maribor and its surroundings can be found traces of wine and viticulture. One of the greatest fanciers of vineyards from Maribor, was an Austrian Crown Prince and Archduke Janez, who was in the 19th century the wines described as excellent.
The oldest vines in the world has become a real tourist attraction and pride of the entire region. Every year when pruning the vines maintain the traditional city event, and its cuttings is symbolically handed to the representatives of different cities. So far donated about 50 cuttings of old vines, of which 18 are now growing outside Slovenia, in Evrpi, Asia, and even in far away Australia.
One of the cuttings was sent to the Slovenians in Argentina, which should take root in the city of Mendoza, one of the most important wine-growing centers of South America. This old vines are legally protected as a natural treasure, and will surely be many more years the reason for the city’s celebrations which glorify the divine drink.