In Slovenia you have everything: amazing see, mountains, nature, history, wine regions, water parks, delicious food and wine, very friendly hospitable people and even a volcano region. Yes, a volcano region! (read more here:
Did you know that in Slovenia there is also Jeruzalem? And it is here where you can have a breathtaking panoramic view of the vineyard terraces, tall poplar trees, church towers and scattered vineyard cottages. Jeruzalem Hills are considered as one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.
Jeruzalem and crusaders
Jeruzalem is a small settlement counting 43 people situated in the northeastern Slovenia in the eastern part of the Slovene Hills: Slovenske gorices in the region of Ljutomer-Ormož Hills.
The legend says that crusaders on their way to Holy Land stopped here to rest and were welcomed by locals who served them delicious local wine. Crusaders liked it so much that they decided to stay here.
Jeruzalem is built around the church Of our Lady of Sorrows (1652). The church was named after the painting of the Mother of Sorrows. It is said that the painting has been brought here by the crusaders, directly from the Holy land (Jerusalem, Palestine) in the 13th century.
Idyllic and endless wine yards
Jeruzalem is situated on the highest peak in the area, at an altitude of 341 m. On clear days if you are lucky you can see Hungarian Lake Balaton.
When you decide to go on a ride through this fantastic wine region you can see endless wine yards, idyllic places, for example Svetinje, Kog, Miklavž and many other places where they are still retained wooden or thatch roofs, wine cellars and wine cottages. Locals are famous for their handicraft: pottery, cooperage, making folk instruments, toys, flowers and ornaments made of paper.
2400 years of wine-making tradition
This region of Ljutomer-Ormož Hills has 2400 years of wine-making tradition, long before Romans arrived.
The wine-growing country of the Ljutomer-Ormož Hills has always offered ideal conditions for the production of white wines.
Šipon and Napoleon’s army
Šipon is the wine of Jeruzalem, with distinctive freshness and rich flavor.
The legend says that the name Šipon originates from the Napoleonic era. When Napoleon’s army marched through this region, the locals offered them some wine. After the soldiers tasted it, they enthusiastically exclaimed: “C’est bon!” (That’s good!). Locals didn’t understand what that meant and thought they were shouting “Šipon”.
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Delicious buckwheat cake and rose in a fantastic Taverna Kupljen Jeruzalem-Svetinje
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