Castle Hill vineyard produces first harvest
Ljubljana, 12 September - Ljubljana will soon boast its very own special wine, as a city vineyard planted on Castle Hill two years ago has produced the first harvest. Red grapes were picked on Wednesday, while whites will be left to ripen until the end of the month.
The wine will be primarily used for gifts bestowed by the city on distinguished visitors, but some of it will also be on sale in a wine shop at the castle that is currently undergoing renovation and it expected to reopen in two months.
The vineyard was planted in 2016 when Ljubljana held the title of Green Capital of Europe. It was also an attempt to justify being called a city of vine and wine, a title it started using in 1987 despite not being located in a wine-growing region.
Over 1,000 vines were planted and experts from the Agriculture Institute, which takes care of the vineyard, expect that the first vintage will produce about 400 bottles of wine.
It will take a while before anyone can taste the first wine, but Franc Čuš, the head of the institute's Department of Fruit Growing, Viticulture and Oenology, warned against high expectations since the weather this year was too hot for vines.
"I would give the grapes a 3-4 on a scale of 1-5 because the sugar content is fairly favourable," he said.