“Our home and land, the Pohorje Massif. Full of treasures are these beautiful mountains.” (Jože Krajnc)
The Podpohorje Wine Route (VTC 17) runs along the winegrowing area known as “the Edges of Pohorje”. It encompasses around 710ha of winegrowing land, from the western part of Maribor to the towns of Slovenske Konjice and Zreče. The exceptional qualities of this region motivated the Archduke John of Austria to plant noble grape varieties from various winegrowing areas of Europe in a local plot of land, known today as Meranovo.
This region has kept motivating us to this day. The strip of vineyards that extends from the village of Limbuš to Slovenske Konjice is predisposed to expansion due to its suitable climate. However, expansion is restricted by populated areas at the foot of the Pohorje Massif, and forests at the peaks. Vineyards are not densely packed together, but spread out and grouped into larger complexes, such as Meranovo, Limbuš, Fram’s surrounding area, Zgornja Polskava, Kovača Vas, Visole, Tinjska Gora, Oplotnica, Škalce, Špitalič in Žička Gorca. Looking at the region as a whole, it is interesting to see how these complexes formed spatial patterns. Elsewhere, the winegrowing area reaches all the way to the city.
The region is further enriched by various cultural and religious buildings (churches and monuments), ethnological and architectural monuments, and several archeological sites: the castle and park from the 15th century found in Slivnica, Prinčev Vrh or Meranovo where the Archduke John cultivated noble grapevines from 1822 to 1832, the church in Razvanje, the former vineyard cottage of the Order of St. Paul from 1832 in Limbuš, the Golden Spring in Fram, the prehistoric burial mound in Bukovec, the manor and garden in Zgornja Polskava, the old city park and castle in Slovenska Bistrica, the house of Josip Vošnjak in Visole, the church in Tinje, the urban design of Slovenske Konjice, the cizlakite and Pohorje tonalite deposits, and many more.
Nature has gifted the Edges of Pohorje with abundant grapevine varieties and a unique selection of wines thanks to Pohorje’s exceptional soil, climate and hardworking locals. Elderflower Sauvignon blancs, aromatic Rhine Rieslings and Traminers, fresh Welschrieslings, excellent full-bodied Raninas, Chardonnays, Pinot gris and distinct Blaufränkisch wines made the vineyards of Pohorje famous around the world. The eyes of wine experts, enthusiasts and winegrowers sparkle at the sight of a glass with golden or ruby-coloured wine when they bring this wonderful gift of nature to their nose and mouth to taste and smell its exquisite aroma.
We want to show the beauty of these wines to passers-by, even if only for a moment. When you see and taste it, you will want to experience it again – this is the winegrower’s greatest wish. We also want to treat visitors to a delicious meal and together discover the subtleties of wine, the fruit of our love and hard work.
Rače-Fram – The Municipality on the Edge of Pohorje
The average traveler would think: Just another vineyard. But for us, they are more important than any other. We go through life with them and want to share this wonderful experience! The hilly landscape of southeastern Pohorje starts with the winegrowing hillsides of Fram and Morje, continues withthe fruit growing areas of Loka, Kopivnika and Ranče, and connects to the village of Planica where it slowly evolves into a more wooded area of the Pohorje Massif.
The historical way of life in the village of Planica is evident in the Vešner Homestead, a thatched roof building made from wood and stone, and its wonderfully preserved black kitchen.
Under Hotel Zarja (1050m a.s.l.) and next to the Kagerjev Dom mountain cottage (1080m a.s.l.) lies the spring of the Fram Brook. In the upper part of the brook’s bed, the spectacular 12-meter-high Fram Waterfall cascades down the rockface.
The waters of the Fram Pohorje Massif were once much more lively: more than ninety waterwheels generated power for local mills, sawmills and some oil mills, which gave the village of Fram its distinct character. Fram is also home to the Neo-Romanesque Church of St. Anne which hosts the traditional “Anino žegnanje”, or St. Anne’s Feast, in July on St. Anne's Sunday. Even before 1435, Fram was famous for its excellent wines. The wines were so fine that they were even drunk in the Viennese and English Courts. You will come across a vast selection of farmstays along the Wine Route, all offering a cosy and authentic rural atmosphere, and many typical culinary delicacies of Pohorje: the pohorski lonec stew, pumpkin seed oil, apple cider vinegar, the signature Fram tea, spirits, dandelion honey, flour, wines… Every year on St. Martin’s Day, we celebrate our wines in the courtyard of Caste Rače, a beautiful lowland water castle known for its Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The White Hall, which can host concerts, meetings and weddings, gives the castle its unique charm. The castle is also home to a private ethnological collection and painting studio, which is why it is regarded as the general and cultural centre of the municipality.
On the east side, where the municipality extends onto the lowlands of the Drava Plain, lies the Rački Ribniki-Požeg Landscape Park. There in the heart of unspoilt nature, in the midst of forests, ponds and meadows, you can find the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The park’s lowland position and easy accessibility also makes it suitable for visitors of all ages. Visit us, get to know our municipality and people, and drink a glass of our fine wine!
Zakon o dostopnosti spletišč in mobilnih aplikacij (ZDSMA), ureja ukrepe za zagotovitev dostopnosti spletišč in mobilnih aplikacij zavezancev po tem zakonu za vse uporabnike, zlasti za uporabnike z različnimi oblikami oviranosti. Ta zakon se uporablja za državne organe, organe samoupravnih lokalnih skupnosti in osebe javnega prava