The mysterious region by the river Mura is a place where the rolling hills slowly give way to Pannonian plains. Once covered by the Pannonian Sea, the landscape is now home to scenic vineyards, farmed fields, and beautiful nature. This is where you can find fine local cuisine and hot springs, and be charmed by tourist attractions, interesting history, and warm people.
The region boasts a fascinating history, the evidence of this including the famed Negau helmets as one of its oldest archaeological finds. Discovered in the nearby village of Negova (formerly Negau), the helmets date from the late Hallstatt period of the Iron Age (450-350 BC).
This part of Slovenian ethnic territory has always been an important wine-growing region, regardless of the entity it belonged to: the Roman Empire, the Kingdom of the Franks, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Yugoslavia, or Slovenia.
Wine growing experienced one of its heydays under the Romans. Vines were planted here in the third century by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Probus, just as they were in Burgundy, France, and some of the other best European terroirs of the then Roman Empire. The area was part of the Roman province of Pannonia Superior, and later Pannonia Prima.
In the revolutionary year of 1848, many people in Pomurje have contributed their signatures to support the ‘United Slovenia’ political programme. It was in Kapela near Radenci that the 12th national awakening meeting took place in 1870. The May Declaration, a programme that called for the unification of all South Slavic nations, was read in the Vienna Parliament in 1917 by Anton Korošec, a native of the region. After the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, locals responded in large numbers to General Rudolf Maister’s campaign to defend Slovenian ethnic territory along its northern border. It was thanks to another native of the region, Dr Matija Slavič, and his clever negotiation tactic at the Paris Peace Conference, as well as the great efforts of the local national awakening campaigners, that Prekmurje, the eastern part of Pomurje, was united with the rest of the nation in the then Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
Pomurje is linked to Austria, Hungary, and Croatia not only by a common history within Austria-Hungary, but also by many similarities in terms of culture, food, and wine, a result of centuries of coexistence on shared Pannonian plains. Pomurje is a crossroads of three microregions: Prekmurje with its primarily Hungarian influence, Prlekija and part of Štajerska with Austrian influences. Each microregion is interesting and unique in its own way. Prlekija is where Vinea Panonika is located, and its people are known to be cheerful, hard-working, honest, proud to be Slovenian but very welcoming to any visitor. Those who speak Slovene are fascinated by their dialect – which is difficult to miss as they tend to get chatty.
ACTIVITIES AND RELAXATION IN THE REGION
The beauties of Pomurje are best enjoyed on a bicycle. The Traminer cycling route runs by Vinea Panonika, while many other cycling routes cross the nearby Nature Park Goričko and Jeruzalem. For those who prefer to walk, an interesting option is Attila’s Route, a footpath dedicated to the famed military leader of the Huns. Local legend has it that Attila the Hun was so impressed by this area that he had a fortress built in Kocjan.
The area is rich in thermal water. There are several spas and wellness centres you can visit within a few-mile radius of Vinea Panonika:
There are many spots in Pomurje to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. Our tips include Lake Bukovnica (Bukovniško jezero), Nature Park Goričko, and the Mura river basin, a Natura 2000 protected area.