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Podravje region

Superb white wines, the oldest grapevine in the world, terraced vineyards in the hilltop village of Jeruzalem – all this and more is hidden in the Podravje wine-growing region.


Prekmurje is located on the edge of the warm Pannonian Plain, so wines from this district may be rich and full bodied, and it is up to wine growers to calm their fiery character. White varieties strongly prevail, but the last trend is the indigenous Blaufränkisch which makes some of the best Slovenian reds.


The oldest preserved bottle of Slovenian wine – Golden Vine from 1917 is kept in Ptuj. Maribor, about 30 kilometres upstream on the Drava River, is home to the oldest grapevine in the world , while in Gornja Radgona, you can see the over 150-year-old tradition of sparkling wine production using the classical method, the first in Slovenia. The district is well-known for its fine dry white aromatic wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Traminer, while Furmint is a regional speciality, opening doors to foreign markets for wine-growers.

Without exaggerating, some of the best sweet wines in the world are produced here, which is attested by two Decanter international awards (“Best of the Show”) for a sweet wine. First was awarded to a sweet Furmint, the second to a Welschriesling.