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Authentic Experiences in the Vipava Valley

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.

Welcome to the valley of unforgettable experiences!

Past events

UTVV – Ultra Trail Vipava Valley

6.–8. 5. 2022
Vipavska dolina
m: +386 (0)51 338 559
info@ultratrail.si
www.ultratrail.si
This challenging ultramarathon takes place in the following categories: Emperor 170, Centurion 100, Gladiator 50, Legionar 30 and Asterix 13. The courses are set up along the edge of the Gora and Nanos Plateaus, through the city, up to the highest peaks overlooking the Vipava Valley and back down.
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Easter Hike to Mala Gora

18. 4. 2022
Kamnje,
5263 Dobravlje

m: +386 (0)31 507 251
www.kamnje.si
This traditional Easter Monday hike takes place to commemorate the traditional grass mowing practices on the mountain pastures of Mala Gora. Starting in the village of Kamnje, hikers scale the Mala Gora plateau following either the marked mountain trail or the Theme Trail of Mowers and Rakers.
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Vipava Valley Rally

The biggest sports event in the Vipava Valley features over 90 km of spectacular speed trials and a night-time super special stage in the centre of Ajdovščina. The event welcomes thousands of rally racing fans.
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Nativity Scenes in the Vipava Valley

December 2021, January 2022

Attracting more and more visitors every year, the real treat of the Vipava Valley around Christmas is the traditional display of Nativity scenes.
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Holiday Season in the Paradise Valley

November and December 2021
Vipavska dolina
Are you already thinking where to spend New Year’s Eve? Looking for more information about the osmica open doors or traditional events? Would you like to experience the holiday season in the city?
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Vipava Valley Wine Cellars between St. Martin’s Day and Christmas

11. 11. – 19. 12. 2021
Vipavska dolina
t: +386 (0)5 365 36 00
rra-rod.si/vinski-hrami
For two decades now the Vipava Valley wine road has been attracting guests to a number of autumn events, St. Martin feasts and wine tasting at wineries.
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Hiking in the Footsteps of Matija Vertovec – CANCELED

21. 11. 2021
Ustje,
5270 Ajdovščina

m: +386 (0)41 632 133
ajdovscina@vipavskadolina.si
The hike pays homage to the compatriot Matija Vertovec who was the first Slovenian wine expert. It weaves through the villages and vineyards of the hills around Vipava. The undemanding hike takes around 5 hours to finish. Hikers will meet from 7.00 to 9.00 am under the oak tree before the village of Ustje.
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Vipava Grape Harvest

9.–12. 9. 2021
Glavni trg,
5271 Vipava

m: +386 (0)51 215 226
vipava@vipavskadolina.si
Boasting the oldest tradition in the Vipava region, the Grape Harvest Festival features an annual wine queen pageant and a wine competition. In the three-day event visitors can enjoy browsing through the farmers’ market and attending the entertainment programme.
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Open cellars

1. 7. – 31. 8. 2021
Vipavska dolina
m: +386 (0)51 215 226
vipava@vipavskadolina.si
In summer the winemakers of the Vipava Valley traditionally open the doors of their wine cellars to welcome guests and taste the exquisite wines together with homemade snacks. Choose your winemaker and click on the presentation to discover what they have to offer.
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Summer in Nova Gorica

1. 7. – 31. 8. 2020
Nova Gorica,
5000 Nova Gorica

t: +386 (0)5 335 01 11
m: +386 (0)41 460 217
mestna.obcina@nova-gorica.si
dogodki-novagorica.si
Summers in the city centre of Nova Gorica are always vibrant. The varied offering of entertainment and cultural events caters to people looking for a place to socialize with good music and other activities. Summer in Nova Gorica will make for enjoyable summer evenings.
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Summer in Vipavski Križ

All summer long – every Thursday and/or Friday in July and August – the event series Summer in Vipavski Križ entices visitors to come to the picturesque piazza with its myriad concerts, intriguing theatre shows and a selection of gripping documentaries.
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Festival of Vipava Valley Wines

At the Festival of Vipava Valley Wines winemakers from across the land present their exquisite wines. The event is accompanied by an offer of traditional local dishes and a cultural program.
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Tour of Slovenia

Starting in Ajdovščina and finishing on Sveta Gora, one leg of this year’s Tour of Slovenia will shine a spotlight on the Vipava Valley and Goriška Region. Also known as the “royal” stage, the 4th stage of the international Tour of Slovenia will run through a captivating landscape which will also be unfolding itself before the viewers in a live broadcast.
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Giro d’Italia 2021

23. 5. 2021
Nova Gorica,
5000 Nova Gorica

t: +386 (0)5 330 46 00
m: +386 (0)41 460 217
nova-gorica@vipavskadolina.si
The 104th edition of Giro d’Italia, Italy’s biggest sports event, will take a detour through Slovenia. Stage 15 of Giro d’Italia will dip in and out of Nova Gorica.
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Zelèn Wine Festival

The castle courtyard will host winemakers from the Vipava Valley, who produce the Zelèn wine. The offering is complemented with a selection of dishes. There is also an organized tour of the alleys and piazzas of Vipavski Križ.
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