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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

When spring begins to awaken in the Vipava Valley and the Karst, the first wild asparagus peeks out. Cultivated white, green and purple asparagus grow in the fields of the Vipava Valley from April to June.
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Starting in Ljubljana and finishing in Nova Gorica, one leg of this year’s Tour of Slovenia will shine a spotlight on the Vipava Valley and Goriška Region. The 3rd 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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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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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.
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Festival of Roses

27. 4. – 19. 5. 2024
Nova Gorica
m: +386 (0)41 320 990
www.vrtnice.info
Nova Gorica, the town of roses, hosts a festival celebrating roses accompanied by a rich programme and culinary offer. The central venue is the garden of the Franciscan Monastery Kostanjevica that hosts a fabulous collection of old-school Bourbon roses. The garden is open only during the festival, daily from 10 am to 5 pm, sundays from 12 am to 5 pm.
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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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This challenging ultramarathon takes place in the following categories: Emperor 170, Centurion 110, Gladiator 60, Legionar 30 and Asterix 15. 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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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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The old school building in Planina plays host to winemakers from the Vipava Valley, who offer visitors samples of their Pinela wine variety. Have a drop of this exquisite old-school wine.
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Nativity Scenes in the Vipava Valley

December 2023, January 2024

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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Kostanjevica is an old pilgrimage shrine with a monastery, an illustrious history and rich treasures of the past. In Kostanjevica or na Kapeli, as the locals say, in 2022 and 2023, various events will mark the 400th anniversary of the erection of a chapel.
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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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American singer-songwriter, poet and "Godmother of Punk" Patti Smith is bringing together music lovers from both sides of the Slovenian-Italian border. The free concert, announcing the European Capital of Culture, will take place on 5 October 2023 in the car park of the former Rožna Dolina border crossing.
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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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On 2 September 2023, the English rock band Editors will perform in the car park of the former Rožna Dolina border crossing. The band, whose style is sometimes described as dark indie rock, has a distinctive sound that combines rock, punk and electronica.
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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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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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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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