It’s the 18th year in a row that Međimurje is organizing Urbanovo festival, a multi-layered event taking place during May. Broadly, the event can be divided into three sections: the Pušipel festival, Open Cellar Days in Međimurje and the celebration of the patron-saint Saint Urban and a Wine ball. (Pušipel is the wine variety of many names; in Međimurje it’s known under that name, but others call it Moslavac, or Šipon or Furmint…)
Before the event itself a wine grating is held in Trebotz castle in Štrigova this weekend, with emphasis on Pušipel wines, but other wines were welcome to participate in the other category. During the Wine ball in the castle the winning Pušipel wine will be the star of the show.
Urbanovo Gurman Week is part of the celebration that takes place in the restaurants all over Međimurje: around a dozen restaurants have prepared special menus, inspired by this event, where for 100 kuna you will get 3 courses paired with some of the best Međimurje wines in the week between 2nd and 9th of May. Urbanovo nights are the evening events in different bars and restaurants in Međimurje with presentations of Međimurje wines, mostly held on weekends.
Pušipel festival (this year it is to be held on 20th and 21st of May) is a festival of winemakers of Pušipel wine, but also a place where a lot of winemaking equipment is presented, and where winemakers from Međimurje can learn about new technologies. There are around 30 winemakers from Međimurje each year, with guests from other winemaking regions from Croatia and abroad. During the festival many workshops and lectures are also held, aimed mostly at winemakers and with the clear intention to educate them.
One weekend after the Pušipel festival (26th, 27th May) the Open Cellar Days will be held, during which participating winemakers will offer you their wines in their cellars and tasting rooms, and Wine Games are held in Sveti Urban, where teams compete in their knowledge of viticulture and winemaking. And in early June, as a finale of this event, the wine ball in the Trebotz castle is held.
If you love Croatian continental wines, many events of the Urbanovo festival are something you can’t miss!