A programme to enrich the palette of familiar flavours. The blend of the cuisine from the local farming environment with the cuisine of the lord of the castle and influences from the cities offers many interesting dishes, complemented by quality wines from the nearby wine-growing hills, refreshing and strengthening drinks and other fruit and vegetable products.

culinary specialities linked to the rural experience

Pubsand restaurants with character in diverse settings (parks, castles, etc.), combining the local with modern approaches to gastronomy
♦ Rich wine-growing area with well-known wine producers and extensive wine roads
♦ A wide range of local products to take away – to taste at home

Running time: all year round.


Exploring the special food and cooking flavours of the destination’s kitchens starts in nature. We are welcomed by the meadow orchards, which are a very distinctive part of the cultural landscape of the area. The presentation of the characteristics of fruit cultivation and processing will, of course, be accompanied by a taste of the juice of Kozjan apples or other noble drinks and fruit products.

Livestock and poultry farming are quite widespread in the area, but the speciality is the breeding of copun, the young cockerels, which we get to know better. Followed by an authentic lunch of goat soup, copun and side dishes, accompanied by a fine drop from the nearby vineyard cellars.

We continue our journey by driving through a hilly landscape, dotted with numerous vineyards. You can’t do without a walk among the green vines and taste the typical varieties of the Šmarsko-Virštanj wine-growing region. Here, the varieties most commonly grown on the predominantly lapis soil are Lachian Riesling, Sauvignon, Blue Frankincense and Velvet Vine. The typical zidanić, wine tavern or “gorce”, also smells of freshly baked jerpica (thin bread) from the bread oven. Time passes quickly, but we still visit the bees and an interesting presentation on honey production and honey products.

In the evening, we have a number of very varied options for tasting delicacies from the cuisines of Obsotelje and Kozjansko. You can choose to dine on local cuisine (from kolin, buckwheat and festive dishes) in a rural setting or under the arches of the wine chateau, for an evening meal with a touch of hunting cuisine (game specialities), or venture behind the castle walls and taste how the castle’s black kitchen used to cook.

TWO AND MULTI-DAY PROGRAMMES include a stay and further proposals to discover the culinary specialities of Obsotelje and Kozjansko, as well as opportunities to try your hand at preparing local delicacies.


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    The destination of Obsotelje and Kozjansko with its centres – Rogaška Slatina, Podčetrtek, Rogatec, Šmarje pri Jelšah, Kozje, and Bistrica ob Sotli – offers interesting experiences for both day visitors and those who choose to stay longer.

    The programmes prepared for the EXPERIENCES offer insights into the different areas of the connection between nature and man and the richness of the creativity of the many generations that have lived here.

    The programmes are designed to accommodate the number of visitors (individual guests – groups of up to 5 people, smaller groups – up to 15 people, larger groups – over 15 people), the desired length of stay (half- and one-day programmes, two- and multi-day programmes), and the varied interests and purposes of the visit (from discovering the richness of nature, cultural, historical and ethnological sights and features, relaxation, health-enhancing and fun activities, to sporting and recreational activities, etc.).

    The content of the programmes is also adapted to the seasons, and the most recommended times of the year are indicated for each programme presented.

    The experience programmes “Obsotelje and Kozjansko na palm”, “Days in the countryside”, “Richness of mind and spirit”, “Nature energises and heals”, “Peek into the pot” and “On the move” are tailor-made according to the basic characteristics of the interested parties.

    The programmes were developed in the framework of the project “TROK – TOURISTIC OVERVIEWS OF OBSOTELJE AND KOZJANSKY”, where Fontus, as the project promoter for the design and marketing of integral tourist products of Obsotelje and Kozjansko, was a candidate for the 1st. the public call “LAS Obsotelje in Kozjansko” for the selection of projects for the implementation of the Local Development Strategy 2007-2013, and was selected for co-financing by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (MAFF) within the framework of the Rural Development Programme of the Republic of Slovenia for the period 2007-2013 (RDP RS) LEADER.

    The project catalogue is available HERE.

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