- Posted June 2, 2011 by
Incredible Story of the World's Oldest Grape Vine
Come to S"Love"Nia and feel the Love of a very old grape vine.
Many Oenophile's, Sommelier's and other wine lovers around the World around the world will be raising a glass today to the World's oldest vine in Maribor, Slovenia. At 450 plus years old it has seen more changes than the relatively young former Yugoslav country. Tended daily by Tone Zafosnik since 1980 when it was near the brink of death the vine flourishes today and is a major tourist attraction in this town of 110,000. The vine produces about 60 kilos of grapes per year which is a enoiugh for a few hundred 250 dcl. of souvenir bottles of the red wine that are given to dignitaries such as the Pope, Bill Clinton and Arnold Shwarzenneger.
I was met by the tourist of the town and we shared a few minutes of the vine's increbile history for CNN.
Slovenia is a tiny European Union country situated just below Austria about half the size of Switzerland with a population of about 2 million. Wine growing a a major industry along with tourism.
Produced and Hosted by: Percy von Lipinski
Associate Producer: Tracy Bymoen
Special thanks to Slovenia Tourism