Maribor, Slovenia: let’s hear it for the grapevine

July 3, 2015

New direct flights from the UK make Maribor, Slovenia, easy to reach for a trip that can revolve around its famous wine. But the city has plenty more to offer

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A gnarled piece of wood may not sound like the most thrilling of tourist attractions. But this isn’t just any piece of wood: it is the oldest grapevine on Earth, as certified by Guinness World Records. At about 450 years old, the Old Vine has survived war, fire and pestilence, and still produces fat bunches of red Žametovka grapes (most vines slow down at the tender age of 40). Bottles of the Old Vine’s precious wine – which is admittedly undrinkable – have been presented to popes, presidents, emperors … and Brad Pitt.

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