Just a little bit less than 2 hours from Ljubljana, Slovenian capital, is Prekmurje, a northeast part of Slovenia. About 60 million years ago, there was Thetis Sea. Thetis Sea was named after Achilles’s mom.
You can’t find the sea there any more, what you can find is a fertile black soil and hospitable . During Roman times, this region was named Pannoninan plain (“Panem” means bread in Latin). The fertile black soil gives people there a lot of tasteful vegetables, cereals and one of the most important plant: vine.
A typical landscape
A stork is a typical bird for this region
Our first day, Škof and I went to Gornja Radgona, a town on Austrian border. Not that the town is on the border, Mura river divides this town in Slovenian part Gornja Radgona and Austrian part Bad Radkersburg. All you need to do is to cross a bridge over Mura River and you can have a dessert after lunch in different country!
A view from Slovenia to Austria and from Austria to Slovenia. You can follow the yellow truck :).
Of course, we had to be in two countries at the same time. It was a lot of fun.
Our first stop was in Radgonske Gorice, a wine cellar, known after a great wine and also sparkling wine. They started to produce wine in 1852. Their biggest proud is Zlata radgonska penina (Golden Radgona Sparkling Wine). Every year they sink 100 bottles of this wine in the River of Mura and every year they lift 100 bottles up and sink the next 100 bottles for a year.
You wonder why? At the bottom of the River of Mura, the wine has a constant temperature and darkness; both of those circumstances help wine to mature.
They have three rooms, where they have lots and lots of bottles of different wines. Two of them are under the Radgona Castle hill. Every room is special. But one of them is very special. In the third room you can taste the wine and listen to the sound of waterfall!
Our next stop was a “tourist farm”, where you can overnight and eat “from farm to table” meals.