Slavonija is a geographical and historical region in eastern Croatia. It is located in the Pannonian Basin, largely bordered by the Danube, Drava and Sava rivers. The western part of the region consists of the Sava and Drava valleys, and the mountains and hills surrounding the Požega valley; the tallest among them is 984-metre (3,228 ft) Psunj. The eastern part of the region largely consists of plains. Slavonia enjoys a moderately warm and rainy continental climate, with relatively low precipitation.
Slavonian gastronomy specialties are popular, with traditional Slavonian wines and cuisine being a unique part of the region. The traditional Slavonian cuisine, famous for its meat specialties (kulen smoked sausage, kobasica sausages, smoked ham), venison and freshwater fish dishes are popular, along with the wines: Weissburgunder, Traminer and Riesling. Cuisine of Slavonia reflects culture on the region through diversity of its culinary influences, representing a blend of traditional and foreign elements. Slavonia is one of Croatian winemaking areas, where grapes were first grown in the region of Ilok, as early as the 3rd century, while the oldest wine cellar in continuous winemaking use, built in 1232, is located in Kutjevo.
Architecture and local cultural character reveal traces of occupation from the Romans, the Turks, and the Hungarians. Its inhabitants however, are distinctly Croatian, From the art of its architecture, to the charm of its countryside, in the severity of its scars, Slavonia holds raw beauty worthy of exploration and immense admiration.
There is an airport in Osijek that is busy during summer, and rail-road and motorway leading from Zagreb. In few years, an European motorway is going to lead from Budapest to Osijek, across Slavonija, further down south.