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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.

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Past events

Nativity Scenes in the Vipava Valley

december 2019, januar 2020

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

Vipava Valley Wine Cellars between St. Martin’s Day and Christmas

7. 11. – 22. 12. 2019
Vipavska dolina
t: +386 (0)5 365 36 00
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.

Vipava Grape Harvest (Vipavska trgatev)

13.–15. 9. 2019
Glavni trg 1,
5271 Vipava

m: +386 (0)51 215 226
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.

Summer in Vipava

15. 6. – 14. 9. 2019
Glavni trg,
5271 Vipava

m: +386 (0)51 215 226
Summer in Vipava, cultural events in a scenic setting. The refined cultural programme puts this event series front and centre in terms of summer events in the upper Vipava Valley.

Summer Scene

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. The Summer Scene will make for enjoyable summer evenings.

Summer in Vipavski Križ

All summer long – every Thursday 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.

Month of Local Cuisine: Okusi Vipavske

22. 4. – 19. 5. 2019

t: +386 (0)5 365 36 03
The Month of Local Cuisine (Kulinarični mesec) is a staple of the annual Festival Okusi Vipavske (Flavours of the Vipava Valley) main event. In April and May many restaurants, inns and agritourism farms in the Vipava Valley offer guests selected dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.
  • Captivating. All year round.

    UTVV – Ultra Trail Vipava Valley

    A thrilling sports festival uniting a variety of running disciplines. In May, the Vipava Valley welcomes extraordinary athletes, cross-country enthusiasts simply in love with its beautiful mountain trails.

  • Captivating. All year round.

    The Flavours of the Vipava Valley

    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.

  • Captivating. All year round.

    Wine Cellars of the Vipava Valley

    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.

  • Captivating. All year round.

    Hiking in the Footsteps of Matija Vertovec

    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.