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"We devote our energy to ecological, permaculture farming and ecotourism"

Uranjek Family from Pohorje

Where the slopes of Pohorje near Fram meet the plain, and where the silence and tranquility of the surrounding forests reign, you’ll find the Baron's homestead, which was built 200 years ago at an altitude of 700 meters. We wanted our guests to enjoy our farm in peace and try the delicacies from our kitchen, and that’s why we decided to open the doors of our farm for tourism 25 years ago. In 1999, we were one the first farms in Slovenia to engage in environmentally-friendly farming, for which we have also received many certificates. Today our family bears the surname Uranjek, but we are still best known for our old name - at the Baron's. Today, there are three generations living at the Baron's homestead, carefully taking care of the landscape surrounding the property and preparing delicacies for our guests. If you enjoy homemade food prepared with love, then you've come to the right place! Try the delights of our local cuisine, prepared with seasonal ingredients grown on our farm! Visit our herb and permaculture garden and you'll be stunned by the scent of its herbs, their medicinal properties and the ways they can be used in cooking. Familiarise yourself with permaculture - a farming method creating balanced human environments. There you'll find many domestic animals which usually amuse our youngest guests, breathtaking views for our incurable romantic visitors, and organic food products with certificates that can be bought in our organic shop. You are invited to enjoy the ECO idyll on Pohorje and experience our organic tourist farm.
Nature

"The oldest living example of a noble vine on our planet."

World's Oldest Vine

Maribor, lying in the middle of the eminent wine-growing countryside, in its heart preserves a unique treasure that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. That is the Old Vine, a symbol which has thrived for more than 400 years in the medieval core of the city, next to the river Drava. The oldest living example of a noble vine on our planet symbolises over 1000 years of winemaking tradition in North-eastern Slovenia. The Old Vine (sort »Žametovka«) was planted more than 400 years ago, when the plague was raging across Europe and the inquisitors were chasing witches. In those times, people where much closer to nature and maybe this is the reason why they planted the vine in front of the city wall. It survived the medieval fires, the appalling hygiene which had smothered the city in the Middle Ages, the Turkish attacks and even World War II bombardments. Surprisingly, it also survived the 19th century epidemic of the vine pest which destroyed nearly all of Europe’s vineyards. During the course of the centuries the vine has survived a lot and today it thrives in all its glory, thanks to the river Drava that has been watering its deep roots since it was planted. Mr Tone Zafošnik, the town vinedresser, saved the Old Vine from decay in 1970 with a daring and expert intervention. As a jewel of natural heritage par excellence, the Old Vine entered the world famous Guinness Book of Records in 2004 as the oldest living example of a noble vine in the world and it still bears amazing grapes every autumn. During the Old Vine Festival, taking place each autumn, up to 55 kilograms of grapes are harvested and later bottled in 2,5-decilitre glass bottles designed by the famous artist Oskar Kogoj. The Old Vine also connects the city of Maribor with other parts of the world. Pope John Paul II himself took a scion from Maribor to Rome, and now the vine is also growing in the Vatican vineyard. During the ritual pruning of the vine in early spring, the city of Maribor present scions to chosen places and towns respectively. Now the scions of the old vine also grow in the Japanese town of Kanigawa, in Australia’s Yarra Valley, at the Danish royal castle of Fredensborg and in front of the wine museum in the centre of Paris. Today, the Old Vine grows on the façade of the Old Vine House, a museum with different exhibits, an exhibition room and a wine-tasting area, which is considered to be the temple of wine tradition and culture in Slovenia. It is a place where different wine and culinary events take place, and it represents a joining point for wine lovers and winemakers from the surrounding areas where they can present their long winemaking tradition, which results in high-quality and renowned wines.
Culture

"An internationally renowned center of cultural life and creativity."

Slovene National Theatre Maribor

Slovene National Theatre Maribor is the largest cultural and artistic institute in Slovenia. Founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and financed from the state budget, it is organised in four artistic units: Drama, Opera, Ballet and the Theatre Festival Borštnikovo srečanje. Slovene National Theatre Maribor comprises five stages and halls (Grand Hall – 844 seats, Old Auditorium – 240 seats, Small Stage – 100 seats, Chamber Stage – 80 seats, Kazina Hall – 200 seats). With premieres and repeats from previous seasons there are about 40 live performances annually on the repertory. There are around 500 performances in a season; around 200.000 visitors attend performances every year. Since its formation Drama of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor has premiered more than 900 various performances with programme ranging from classical to contemporary plays. Such diverse programme significantly contributes to and enriches the entire Slovene theatrical scene. Drama of Slovene National Theatre Maribor today is a top level cultural centre in the Central European region where innovatory original creations are expected. Opera and Ballet’s first performance operetta Mam’zelle Nitouche was staged in 1920. The first opera V vodnjaku (In the Well) composed by Vilém Blodek was performed in 1921. Five years later, the first ballet performance Možiček (Little Man) by Josip Ipavec was produced, and in 1949 the first full-length ballet Coppélia by Léo Delibes premièred on stage. Since its formation more than 500 various performances were staged with programme ranging from baroque to contemporary music including works by Slovene composers. Such diverse programme significantly contributes to and enriches the entire Slovene musical scene. Slovene National Theatre Maribor performs throughout Slovenia (especially Drama) and abroad (especially Opera and Ballet) and our artists have enchanted audiences on tours in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Montenegro, Canada, Columbia, Croatia, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, France, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States of America and Venezuela.
People

“The story of wine, written by winegrowers and the unpredictable nature."

Gaube Family from Svečina

The history of winegrowing on our farm started a few generations ago, in 1895. Much has changed since the early beginnings, yet our dedication to the vine and its wine remained undisputable. It has always been a big challenge for us to find a common language with the unpredictable nature and enrich its gifts so as to please our own and the taste of all other wine lovers and admirers. Nowadays we are known as a producer of fresh and fruity dry wines, with nicely expressed varietal characteristics. The differences between day and night temperatures in the grape maturation period warrant freshness, a typical feature of Styrian wines. In 2008 we decided to build a new wine cellar with the capacity of 60,000 litres, which presently tops the quantity produced on 8 hectares of our vineyards. Our wines are mostly stored in inox containers, which gives them freshness and fruitiness. We produce the following varieties: Italian Riesling, Kerner, Pinot Blanc, Silvaner, Chardonnay, Rhine Riesling, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and of course the young wine called Prvenec (Debut). One of our novelties is Rosé, a cuvee of Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, and Blue Franconian. Our only variety that matures in wooden barrels is Pinot Noir, although it is offered on the market as a young and fresh wine. We invite you to our estate for a unique wine tasting experience combined with gastronomic delights full of selected natural flavours.      
Culture

"Preserving authentic experiences along the river Drava is our desire and pride.”

Tradition of timber rafting along the river Drava

The oldest testimony about rafting on the river Drava dates back to 1280. The knight Otto Velikovaški owned the document that allowed the collection of tolls for the transportation of wine barrels. In the land register of the St Pauline’s monastery dating back to 1289 it is also mentioned that people transported timber along the river Drava all the way to Maribor. In the following centuries Drava became the main transport link between Austria, Croatia and Serbia. For rafters the town of Maribor was the first real river port, known as Pristan or Lent, and it was here that they made stopovers before continuing their journeys towards Croatia. As means of transport changed, railway became more popular than rafts, and after the Second World War timber rafts slowly disappeared from the river. However, at the Tourist Association of Maribor we decided to preserve the culture of rafting which once represented the most important way of transportation on the river and pass this knowledge to the visitors of the city and to our future generations. Today we offer an unforgettable 90-minute adventure on a traditional timber raft that will take you from the suburbs of Maribor all the way to Lent, in a pleasant atmosphere and in the company of experienced rafters. We invite you to take a ride on our raft where you will be able to enjoy a rich cultural programme full of entertainment, and get to know Maribor, the European Timber Rafting City of 2012, from a different perspective.
Culture

"We aim to work in harmony with nature and tradition."

Dveri Pax

We are settled in the middle of the wine-growing hills of North-eastern Slovenia and we have a long tradition of wine production which dates back to the 13th century. This has given us knowledge, which allows us to say that we are one of the trendsetters for quality wine production in the country. We grow our grapes in a nature-friendly manner. We pick the grapes by hand, gently separate them from the stalks, and then successfully combine our knowledge, experience and tradition with the state-of-the-art technology for wine production. The results of the maturation process are wines distinguished by a beautiful harmony of freshness, soft fruity taste and the quality of each variety. The most important feature of all our wines, however, is their exceptional drinkability. Because of the topographical features, our wines – which combine high quality, Slovenian identity, regional culture and the ambience of the vintner castle of Jarenina – are produced in the world-famous vineyards near Maribor, Ljutomer-Ormož and Radgona-Kapela. We aim to work in harmony with nature and tradition whilst always following with keen interest the latest developments in wine production. Dveri Pax wines are produced at the former Jarenina Castle, which was once used as a wine cellar by the Admund monastery and today serves as the venue for wine tastings and other events. The cellar offers a storage capacity of 400 thousand litres of wine, 100 thousand of which can be stored in oak barrels. In Jarenina, wines were first produced by the Benedictines already in the year 1139. Our selection of first-class wines is rapidly gaining international attention and acclaim. A series of prestigious prizes (Decanter World Wine Awards London, AWC Vienna) attest to the tireless, painstaking work undertaken in our vineyards, and underline our commitment to remaining one of the leading producers of outstanding traditional and regional wines. We invite every wine connoisseur or wine lover to discover the world of our exquisite wines and savour the unique ambience of the castle while enjoying a nice wine tasting session. We look forward to your visit.