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The Old Vine: The world's oldest grape-producing vine has survived four centuries of turmoil and even has its own anthem.

Jan 8, 2018

(Atlasobscura) - A grape vine in Maribor, Slovenia, clings to the outside of a building in the city center. Its lush leaves form a verdant stipe along the wall, creeping outward from the gnarled cordons. When in season, ┼Żametovka grapes dangle from the plant like sweet, sugary ornaments.

The Old Vine is, according to Guinness World Records, the oldest grape-producing vine in the world. It was planted more than 400 years ago to make wine when the Turks invaded the city. Centuries later, it’s a beloved resident of Maribor and even has its own anthem, which many locals will proudly sing, glass of vino in hand.


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