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Podravje

One of the three winegrowing regions in Slovenia borders in the east of the country Austria (Southern Styria) and Hungary, The name means "Drauland". It lies between the rivers Mura (Mur) and Drava (Drau) with the wine-growing center Maribor (Marburg). There is a supposedly 400-year-old vine in this city (see under žametovka ). One of the most important Slovenian wine routes also begins in the old town center. The Podravje wine-growing region is divided into the two wine-growing regions Stajerska Slovenija with 8,685 hectares (Haloze, Ljutomer-Ormoz, Maribor, Ptuj-Srednje Slovenske Gorice, Radgona-Kapela and Smarje-Virstanj) and Prekmurje with 965 hectares (Lendavske Gorice-Gorice-Gorice. That is a total of 9,650 hectares of vineyards.

Mostly white wines are produced here, which are similar in style to those from northern countries. The main types of white wine are Šipon ( Furmint ), Laski Rizling ( Riesling ), Renski Rizling ( Riesling ), Traminec ( Traminer ) Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc and Sivi Pinot ( Pinot gris ). Interesting small climate zones are around the municipalities of Jeruzalem (Kog, Lahonci), Svecina (Witschen) on the Austrian border, Plitvicki near Radgona (Radkersburg) and Meranovo on the Bahern near Maribor. The Austrian once owned in Meranovo Archduke Johann (1782-1859) a large property. Here, the great vine promoter had French experimental oenologists plant a trial vineyard. Radgonske Gorice is considered the model company.

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