Maribor is home of the oldest grape vine in the world
It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world still producing fruit
- March 05, 2019 21:30
- Olya Georgieva
Maribor has the oldest grapevine in the world. Normally, a vine produces grapes for 40 years. This one is 450 years old and apparently still producing grapes each year. The Old Vine bears grapes of the “žametovka” or the “modra kavčina” sort, which was one of the first domesticated noble vine sorts in Slovenia. The Old Vine is a symbol of the rich wine culture of Maribor, Styria, and all of Slovenia.
The Old Vine is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world still producing fruit. Moreover, it is the only plant with its own museum. The vine is so honoured that it has even an anthem.
The yearly harvest of around 35 to 55 kg of grapes is made into wine and poured into 2.5 dl bottles designed by a famous artist Oskar Kogoj. The bottles are a valuable protocol gift – only a hundred are filled every year!