Vinea Panonika is nestled among the hilltops of the north east of Slovenia where the flats of the former Pannonian Sea meet Alpine slopes and where Slovenia meets three other European countries – Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. The house is surrounded by apple trees of indigenous varieties, and a mere glance up and down the hills is enough to know that people here have been growing grapes for centuries.
The house sits on the crest of a low pass among vine-covered hills on the edge of the Pomurje plain, were the roads meet from Radenci to the north, Lenart v Slovenskih Goricah to the west, and Murska Sobota to the east.
The house has been around for at least 230 years, as evidenced by the inscription carved on the preserved exposed beam in the Farmer’s Room, which reads 1791. Originally built of wood and mud, with a thatched roof, this used to be a typical Pannonian house known as ‘cimprača’. Today, the building has been fully renovated, but keeps its original, typically Pannonian L-shaped floor plan. Interestingly, its owners in the early twentieth century had a vine grafting business.
With renovation, Vinea Panonika became a sophisticated place to socialize, its modern amenities with a traditional touch offering everything food and wine lovers could wish for. Vinea Panonika is a perfect getaway to escape your daily routine, relax, and unwind, as well as a synonym for quality local produce as it once was.
VINEA PANONIKA’S OWN LINE OF APPLE TREATS
A large orchard of local indigenous apple varieties that surrounds Vinea Panonika makes an important part of our story, the apple trees telling a story of ancient quality. Committed to using no pesticides, we use our apples to produce exquisite homemade apple treats such as apple juice, apple brandy, dried apples, etc. Request them when you visit us, and we will be happy to serve you.
East Asian proverb
East Asian proverb
Trstenjak Fruit Farm, Stročja vas, and Gjergjek juices, Grad pri Kovačevcih
Organic angus beef: Horvat farm; organic mangalitsa pork: Kornhausler
from Goričko region
Vinea Panonika is a tribute to our ancestors and to all who have planted in us the love of the wonderful fruits our homeland has to offer. With its rich folk tradition, cultural and historical heritage, and a history of wine making and food culture, this is a country whose resilient people have endured centuries, always ready to make merry enjoying wine, food, and music.
Although we now live in peace and prosperity, let’s not forget the aspirations of our forefathers. They may have been ordinary folk descended from simple farmhands, but their courageous spirit of patriotism should live on and thrive, uniting us all as proud and firm guardians of local heritage, traditions, and crafts. Our keen desire is to see the Pomurje region work together to emerge as an authentic, premium destination as an equal among better-known European wine regions.
Vinea Panonika will be there long after we are gone. May its colourful embrace of apple orchards, vineyards, and mighty trees always imbue its guests with the spiritual timelessness of what nature has to offer, and of what has been passed on to us by the modest, resilient, and cheerful people populating the Pannonian plains and vine-covered hills, which rise to the west all the way to the mighty Alps in the heart of the old world.
In lasting memory of Marjan Oven.