Thursday, 9 April 2015

Vipava Valley

So magnificent and awesome, say many. And indeed, it is so. Each traveller, may he be on his way from the central Slovenia towards the coast or from the western border to the Slovene capital will stop for a minute to admire Nanos. Then there is the Vipava River which comes to life from under the very mountain and created this unique valley millions of years ago, Paradise itself, on its way to the Soča. 

The Upper Vipava Valley, situated on 350 km2 joins two communities, the Vipava and Ajdovščina communities and counts approx. 24000 residents. This part is a unique mixture of Mediterranean as well as the Continental features. The spring in the valley is for a whole two months longer than in the central part of Slovenia, this is why fruits and vines thrive nowhere as well as right here. And all that despite the strong Bora (Burja) wind which shows its power, and can reach a dangerous 180 kph. However, around the valley, on the Karst Plateau, the climate is already different, no longer so kind and pleasant but already crafty and mean. But right there the view is incomparable, from Nanos, Hrušica, Trnovski gozd (forest) and the Vipava hills you can hug the castles, country seats, churches and all the vineyards the valley prides itself on. 

Vipava hills have a lot of sunny days, which enables winegrowers to grow as many as 25 different types of grapes. Vipava wine road leads through the valley and it connects 30 wine towns and many wine cellars. “Enoteca Vipava” is the centre of Vipava wines, since we are offering more than 170 types from the whole valley. Wine lovers can taste many high quality white and red wines. The most special among these are the wines from indigenous Vipava’s grapes: zelen, pinela and klarnica.

The Vipava Valley offers possibilities for outdoor activities and recreation throughout the year because of its mild climate. Countless trails and roads that lead through hills with vineyards and the Nanos plateau offer many possibilities for cycling.

Habits and customs contribute to the uniqueness of this valley and its people as well as the wine and its production. The greatest festival of this valley is “Vintage”. Winegrowing is an ancient tradition. A well-known festivity is called “Wine Callars of the Vipava Valley between St. Martin’s Day and Christmas” and as become quite popular in the last few years. Individual villages show their cultural, artistic heritages. Each year in May, the Zemono Manor host the traditional “Flavours of the Vipava Valley” wine and culinary festival. Furthermore, throughout the whole year visitors can taste the Vipava’s rich wines and delicious food, while in spring and autumn they can pay a visit to “osmica”, i.e. farms that open their doors for eight days, inviting people to try their homemade food and drink. “Osmice” are marked with bunches of ivy as well as signposts. This habit started during the sovereignty of Maria Teresa who considered this a way to fight the poverty among the farmers. Now the main purpose of this occasion is enjoying oneself. 

We are announcing the first Ultra Trail Vipava Valley. Runners can choose from 3 distances: 100 km, 50 km and 25 km, all of them offering unforgettable challenge and experience: breathtaking views, spring scents and flavors and hospitable locals.

Where you can book a quality and affordable bed in Ajdovščina?
You will be warmly welcome in Hostel Ajdovščina, which is located on the fringes of town in Pale Sport Park. The Hostel has a fascinating architectural structure with numerous wooden and stone details and a gable roof, cov-ered with terracotta tiles, which instantly resembles a traditional Vipava house. The interior, in spite of a modern approach, is bright, warm and inviting as well, due to the fact that its furniture is mostly made of wooden materials. The hostel offer 50 beds, breakfast, free internet in all the rooms and in the web corner, at the info point  the information for tourist and entertainment events in Ajdovščina and its surroundings is at hand.

See you in Vipava Valley!

TIC Vipava:
Tel: 05 368 70 41

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