On the southern slopes of the Žumberak mountains along the Kupa valley, there is the Ozalj-Vivodina wine road, about 30 km long. A beautiful landscape of gentle slopes and cultivated vineyards with cellars (“houses”) and small cottages will hospitably welcome not only lovers of quality wine, but also every nature lover.
The Vivodina region, with as many as 26 villages and hamlets, has long been known for growing vines. The landscape is overhanging the bell tower of the parish church of St. Lawrence. The exterior, and especially the interior space with valuable inventory, reveals excellent builders and a distinctive construction plan, and this church is one of the most valuable monuments of Baroque architecture in the Ozalj region.
An unavoidable stop on the wine road is certainly the village of Vrhovac.
The biggest basketball star of the first half of the 20th century was the American Croat George Mikan. With the Minneapolis Lakers, he won as many as five NBA titles in seven seasons. Because of it, the downhill rule was introduced, the racket was expanded and the attack limit was limited to 24 seconds! They called him Mr. Basketball, and he died in 2005. George’s grandfather Juraj Mikan was born in Vivodina, and at the beginning of the 20th century, like many others, he went to the USA in search of
a better life …