It is true that a mere glance at the oldest vine in the world is great, but it simply really pays off to take your time and step into the Old Vine House as well. And while it is true that you can go and see it for yourself, those of us that work at the Old Vine House are wine experts, we who breathe in the Old Vine every day, who can relay so many interesting facts that it would be a shame not to take advantage of us.
Why take a guided tour?
Illuminating the oldest vine in the world's storied past leaves no one indifferent. We will divulge the details and secrets of how the age of the oldest vine in the world was determined. We will proudly show, the certificate from the Guinness World Records that declares that the beauty in front of the Old Vine House really is the oldest of its kind in the world.
Archduke Johann of Austria’s life story illuminates his great merits for the development of winemaking in Styria. A short movie in the Archduke Johann room picturesquely presents Maribor and its surroundings in all seasons.
Stories about the Wine Queens, their role, and the selection process are attractive even for those who have no intention to compete for this prestigious title. On the floor of the Old Vine House is Slovenia's biggest contemporary floor mosaic; a sinuous road that contains many symbols which we can unravel together. Anecdotes and legends reshape the feeding of dry facts into an informative and relaxed experience.
We can also serve you with the characteristics of the wine regions throughout Slovenia. There is much more you can learn if you opt for a guided tour at the Old Vine House.
PRICES FOR GUIDED TOURS IN THE OLD VINE HOUSE:
- Group up to 15 persons : 15,00 EUR/Group
- Group from 15 up to 30 persons : 25,00 EUR/Group
- Groups of pupils, students and pensioners up to 15 persons : 12,00 EUR/Group
- Groups of pupils, students and pensioners from 15 up to 30 persons : 20,00 EUR/Group
If, after the tour, you decide to enjoy a wine tasting, you can put your newly acquired knowledge about the characteristics of wines from Podravje to the test.
Guided tours through the city
The Hunt for Clusters and Glasses is a thematic guided tour through the city of Maribor, which is a tour that should not be missed by lovers of wine and vine. The centre of Maribor is sprinkled with wine and vineyard details. To make it so that these details are not overlooked, and not miss any interesting wine and grape stories, we recommend to all lovers of wine and viticulture that you learn about the city in the company of an experienced, specialized guide.
At the same time, we recommend that during a solo stroll around the city you stop for a glass – actually, 9 samples - on the Maribor (city!) Wine Trail.
Let the Hunt for Clusters and Glasses begin!
The guided tour begins at Tourist Information Centre Maribor and it is immediately evident that wine has a rich tradition in this city. Under Trg svobode (Freedom Square), Rakušev trg (Rakuš Square), and Union Hall is located one of the biggest classical wine cellars in this part of Europe. From the square, a view unfurls that reaches all the way to the wine hill Piramida, a slope where an urban vineyard flourishes. Rhein Riesling grows upon this extremely steep hill; vines from this famous landscape of Maribor have been growing here for at least 850 years. Many visitors are so excited by this view, that after the completion of the tour they take a walk to the top of this panoramic hill; perhaps you too can enjoy some peace that settles here above the hustle and bustle of the city and, with a little luck, you may encounter one of our lively wine-gastronomic events.
During the relaxed stroll through the old part of the city, you'll run into Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, and certainly, you will be infected by the divinity of wine, drinking, and merrymaking. You will sing with the guide (or maybe you will insist that the guide sing solo?) a few stanzas of the well-known drinking song En hribček bom kupil (One hill I want to buy) – why sing this song right next to the statue of Bishop Anton Martin Slomšek? The wine war will be discussed as well.
Completion at the Old Vine House
Let this be enough for now. It makes no sense if we disclose all our stories to you before visiting! And, as always, when upon a hunt, you must save the best for last, which is precisely why we end our tour with a visit to the Old Vine and its House. Your guide will present to you this main attraction of our city, a symbol of Styrian as well as Slovenian wine tradition.
The sommeliers at the Old Vine House will be happy to supplement you with professional wine explanations and invite you to complete your journey by treating yourself to a taste of the local wines from the well-stocked wine cellar.