Vipava Valley Wine Cellars between St. Martin’s Day and Christmas
All year round, from the first bluebells of spring until the first snowflakes of winter, the Vipava Valley has a busy calendar of events for visitors to enjoy. Especially popular are the traditional events that preserve local traditions and showcase the region’s flare for winemaking and gastronomic delights. In recent years the valley has been home to an increasing number of athletic events, including extreme and adrenaline sports, which attract massive crowds and daring competitors.
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The biggest wine and culinary festival in the Vipava Valley is held at the Zemono Manor House in Vipava. The Renaissance-era manor house is an exquisite setting for the annual event where visitors get to sip premium wines and listen to interesting presentations. During the festival there’s also the Gastronomy Month, when many restaurants and agritourism farms in the valley offer up dishes made from their own products. Every year the festival brings many visitors from all over Slovenia and abroad.
This original set of events is held between the feast of St. Martin and Christmas, when the year’s new wine begins to show its character. The events are held during the weekends, when the vintners showcase their wines and homemade delicacies, and hold presentations with a culinary or artistic flare.
One of the most well-known organized hikes through the Vipava Valley is dedicated to the preservation of tradition and uncovering the wine-making tradition. Every year, on the first Sunday after St. Martin’s Feast, hikers set out en masse to traverse the villages of the Upper Vipava Valley where the priest and popular science writer and teacher Matija Vertovec lived. The locals hold various presentations along the trail, along with tastings, and the endpoint in Šmarje is especially festive, as there is a big gathering after mass with a tourist market.