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The Wines of Melnik and Struma Valley tour takes you to one of the most famous Bulgarian wine regions, the Melnik region. During the tour, you will learn more about the wines, terroir, winemaking, and history of this traditional wine region. Locals and their ancestors have been making wine for centuries. Join Bulgaria Wine Tours on this travel adventure for wine lovers!
During the tour, you will stay at traditional guesthouses.
The wines of Melnik were proudly present at the tables of the European royal families in the 17-18th centuries and, in addition, the local variety Shiroka Melnishka Loza (Broadleaf Melnik) was among Winston Churchill’s favorites. The Melnik region has a high concentration of local wine varieties and during the tour you get to taste them at six carefully selected wine cellars, one of which is a 100% organic and bio-certified winery. This tour also includes visits to two famous Bulgarian monasteries - Rila Monastery (the largest monastery in Bulgaria and featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1983) and Rozhen Monastery.
Today, you will be welcomed by your tour leader. Departure from Sofia Airport (or other pick-up point) is at 2 p.m. at the latest. Next, you will visit to the famous Rila Monastery, the largest monastery in Bulgaria designated a UNESCO world heritage site since 1983 and continue to the Melnik region. Check-in to a traditional guesthouse afterwards, and enjoy a welcome dinner including local wines in the evening.
This will be a day dedicated to wine, gastronomy, nature, and good conversations. Today, you will visit two boutique wineries located in a picturesque landscape of green fields, vineyards, small villages, and farm animals. The day starts with a cultural experience with a visit to the Rozhen Monastery, one of Bulgaria’s most important Orthodox monasteries.
A wine tasting and lunch will follow at the Zlaten Rozhen Hotel & Restaurant. Then, you will continue to Orbelus winery, located on top of a hill in the surroundings of the quaint village of Kapatovo. Orbelus is a modern winery with an unusual architecture. The facility is shaped as a giant wine barrel with half of the barrel located underground and half over the ground. It is quite a spectacular winery proudly working with only organic grapes.
A passionate winemaker will greet you with a show-around of the winery followed by a wine tasting session. Next is a visit to the delightful Villa Melnik, a boutique winery that has quickly gained recognition for its excellent wines. Here, you will tour the winery, taste wines, and sample traditional appetizers. Then, you will return to the guesthouse.
After breakfast, a one-hour transfer to the charming Orbelia winery awaits you. Today, the focus is on the stories of the region, the local varieties, and the cycle of wine making from grape to bottle. The local expert will guide you through a wine tasting session. Expect a personal, informal, informative, and fun day! A traditional lunch will follow.
Then, enjoy a transfer to Melnik. The afternoon is free to explore the charming town of Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria. The town is surrounded by unique sandy pyramid-like hills. Here you will find countless cultural monuments and historical buildings.
Visit the Kordopulov house, a mansion once owned by a rich merchant in the 1700s. The house is built in national revival style and boasts of an impressive underground wine cellar typical in this region for this time period. Discover Melnik at your own pace. There are many typical Bulgarian restaurants, wine shops, galleries, wine museums, and the list goes on. Overnight at traditional guesthouse.
After finishing breakfast, you will visit a small family-owned winery and are welcomed into their family home and wine cellar for a unique tasting of local wines. A rustic homemade lunch is served. There will be possibility to visit the nearby outdoor art center if there is time and interest. A second tasting of a selection of wines is held in the area. Enjoy dinner before return transfer to guesthouse.
Check-out is at 10 a.m., followed by transfer to Sofia Airport / center (three hours' drive).
This tour will bring you to fascinating places in Bulgaria.
Zlaten Rozhen is a relatively new winery in the Melnik wine region, once the most famous wine region of Bulgaria. Zlaten Rozhen’s young and ambitious team strive to produce wine reminiscent of the times when wine from this region was served at the tables of respected Western European families.
The winery owns a boutique hotel in the village of Rozhen, walking distance from one of the most beautiful Bulgarian monasteries - Rozhen monastery. The tasting room at the boutique hotel is the ideal setting to enjoy Zlaten Rozhen’s wine, while experiencing the rural atmosphere of the Melnik region.
Surrounded by seven mountains in the Melnik region in southwestern Bulgaria, lies the organic winery Orbelus. Not only is the wine-making process organic but also the architecture of the winery reduces the input of resources such as lighting, heating, and cooling. This provides for a wine experience in full unison with nature.
These environmental considerations do not come at the expense of the wine quality; Orbelus has already gained international recognition, including a gold medal from the prestigious Millésime Bio Challenge. Staying true to its Melnik origins, Orbelus emphasizes the local varieties and presents them in a different way to its visitors - the organic way.
The Melnik region has been and still is one of the most famous wine regions in Bulgaria. Each year, Winston Churchill himself used to purchase 500 liters of the traditional Melnik variety, Shiroka Melnishka loza. With such a history, it is not surprising that one of the newest wineries in the region, Villa Melnik, has quickly gained recognition for its high-quality wine, beautiful winery and warm hospitality.
Villa Melnik has even dared to produce wine with its own grown Mavrud variety - traditionally the undisputed master of another wine region in Bulgaria - the Thracian valley. Such boldness and distinct character are typical for Villa Melnik, which makes a visit to the winery indispensable for every wine explorer of the area.
The Orbelia winery is situated in one of the sunniest places in Bulgaria, where wine has been produced since Thracian times. In fact, Orbelia, meaning the White Mountain because of the all-year snow caps, was the Thracian name of the mountain, in which foothills the winery is situated. Orbelia winery diligently caters to promoting the local varieties such as Shiroka Melnishka loza, Sandanski misket, and Kerazuda. Orbelia provides an authentic atmosphere of Bulgarian hospitality, garnished with excellent wines and beautiful surroundings.
It is a family-run boutique wine cellar situated in the family home in a picturesque village. The wine cellar produces high-quality wines and has a high focus on local grapes such as Broadleaved Melnik, Melnik 55, and Melnik Ruen.
The wine cellar is run by a father and his son continuing the family tradition of winemaking. The wines are limited series of only 300 - 3000 bottles per series. The serene village surrounded by mountains, the unique wines and the warm welcome of a wine making family makes this winery an unforgettable one.
Daily breakfast, three lunches, and two dinners are included in price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF). Bulgaria Wine Tours will pick you up at the airport. Transfers from and to the airport are included.
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