Slovenia: The World’s Oldest Vine

Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia is a nation state on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast, and Hungary to the northeast. It covers 20,273 square kilometers and has a population of 2.05 million. It is a parliamentary republic and a member of the European Union and NATO. Its capital and largest city is Ljubljana.

The territory, located in southern Central Europe at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes, is mainly mountainous with mainly continental climate, with the exception of the Slovene Littoral that has the sub-Mediterranean climate and the north-western area that has the Alpine climate. Additionally, the Dinaric Alps and the Pannonian Plain meet on the territory of Slovenia. The country, marked by a significant biological diversity, is one of the most water-rich in Europe,[26] with a dense river network, a rich aquifer system, and significant karst underground watercourses. Over half of the territory is covered by forest. The human settlement of Slovenia is dispersed and uneven. The currency is Euro (€)(EUR).

Some interesting facts are:
1. Slovenia’s Adriatic coastline is 46.6 kilometers long.

2. Over 400 brown bears make their home in Slovenia.

3. 216 square kilometers of Slovenia is covered in vineyards.

4. Triglav National Park is one of the oldest parks in Europe, with the first efforts to protect the area dating back to 1906.

5. Some scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were filmed in Slovenia’s Soca Valley.

6. Couples can still get married in the church on Bled Island. Tradition says that the groom must carry his bride up the 99 steps to ensure a long and happy marriage.

7. The tallest industrial chimney in Europe is located in Slovenia. It is the thermoelectric power plant’s chimney in Trbovlje, 362 m high. It was built in 1976 within 210 days, whereas 11,866 cubic metres of concrete and 1,079 tonnes of iron were used in its construction.

8. The world’s largest ski jump is here and been the site of 60 world record jumps.

9. Old Vine in Maribor is over 400 years old and the oldest vine in the world. It still bears between 35 and 55 kilos of red grapes annually from which wine is produced.

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