Vipava and Vipava valley

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The location  of Lanthieri Mansion, where the Summer school will be held, is in Vipava. Lying beneath the slopes of Nanos, Vipava covers the upper part of the Vipava valley. It is a place of many images, waters, castles and a rich history. Vipava is also called the Slovene Venice, developed beside numerous springs of the Vipava River.

Small villages scattered over the hills and valleys provide a picturesque image of a sunny land with a relatively mild climate… though it is occasionally gripped by the mighty Vipava bora winds. These have greatly influenced the local architecture, which is particularly well-preserved in Goče. This wonderful natural heritage is enriched by cultural attractions, especially the castles. The oldest one is Stari grad, which stands on top of a steep hill above the square and dates back to the 12th century. Only a kilometer from Vipava stands the famous Zemono manor.


Lanthieri Mansion

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In 1762, the Lanthieris built a Baroque mansion on the present main square. Lanthieri is now home of the Center for biomedical sciences and engineering, and the Wine Research Centre. The Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering was established in 2012 and united researchers previously engaged in the Laboratory for Environmental Research with researchers that have recently joined UNG with the main goal of formation of a cohesive research group focused on biomedical sciences. The group has developed several research priority areas which together focus on our common interest – to jointly explore modern technologies in biomedicine, nanotechnology and engineering to develop new solutions for improvement of the quality of the aging process.


Valley of sun, wind and wine

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The Vipava valley is a valley of sun, wind and wine. This delightful corner of South-West Slovenia is a highly varied geographical area. Not surprisingly its climate mirrors its varied terrain with a unique blend of mild Mediterranean and continental Alpine temperatures that produce some very special grapes.

Viticulture is the main agricultural sector in this fertile valley (60%) and vines cover over 3000 acres of its total area (350 km²). The small, family-based vineyards are mainly concentrated on terraces in the higher areas where the excellent soil allows both white and red varieties to be cultivated.

Wine making was originally introduced to the Vipava valley over two thousand years ago by the Romans. Wine-making is regarded as a way of life here. In the Middle Ages the Vipava wines were particularly popular with the court in Vienna. Quality and dedication have always been the key to the superb wines produced here and local wine makers have always understood the need for research and new techniques. Not surprisingly the first book on wine cultivation was published here by Matija Vertovec and this is where the first agricultural school was established as well as the first wine association over a hundred years ago.

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