Vrtovče were first mentioned relatively early. As early as April 27, 1356, they are mentioned in a document kept by the Styrian Provincial Archives in Graz (List. StLA AUR). We should not limit them to Vrtoče pri Mirnu. About 100 people live in Vrtovče, where the surname Vrtovec also originated. In the 1991 census, 94 percent of the population was Slovene.
They are part of the local community of Šmarje and the municipality of Ajdovščina. They lie on a lookout point at the top of the Vipava hills, from where there is a beautiful view to the north of the Vipava valley and the Trnovo plateau.
They are part of the Planina parish, and until 2018 they were part of the Šmarje parish in the Vipava region. Before that, they belonged to the large parish and the pre-parish of Vipava.
The house names are taken from the family book (status animarum) of the parish of Šmarje from the 80s. In parentheses are the surnames found in the house in the 20th century.
The Vipavske House Names project was financially supported by the Municipality of Ajdovščina.
1 Pri Lipuževih (Makovec, Šuligoj, Pelan)
2 Pri Kovačevih (Jejčič)
3 Pri Matičkovih (Poljšak)
4 Pri Pepetovih (Poljšak, Trobec)
5 Pri Gvardjanovih (Garden)
6 Pri Venčetu (Makovec)
7 Pri Tunkovih (Makovec)
8 Pri Makovcovih (Makovec)
9 Pri Fuglevih (Vrtovec, Berce)
10 Pri Gabrijeli (Jejcic)
11 Pri Čotovih (Makovec, Vrtovec)
12 near Ančni (Makovec, Črnilogar)
13 Pri Pepčevih (Vrtovec)
14 Pri Fuglevih (Garden)
15 Pri Benkotovih (Andlovec)