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Experience 5 days of complete sensory immersion during this exclusive wine and dine tour in Southern Bulgaria -an authentic wine tour in the undiscovered wine country of Bulgaria. Visit four wineries in the wine region surrounding the town of Plovdiv called “The Thracian Valley,” which was recently selected one of the Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destination of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Enjoy the hearty local cuisine and rich cultural heritage of this Balkan country. Prepare to explore some of the most acclaimed wineries and some hidden winery gems. Learn more about the longstanding history of winemaking on these lands. Get familiarized with Bulgaria’s culture, local wines and foods.
Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport
A centrally located 3-star hotel is home for all 4 nights in Plovdiv. Within a short distance to the busy pedestrian street of Plovdiv, the carefully-selected hotel offers comfortable rooms, friendly service and breakfast buffet. You will stay in shared ensuite double rooms.
Throughout this wine holiday, you will visit four cultural heritage sites, which include Bachkovo Monastery, Asen’s fortress, the ruins of the Red Church, and Old Plovdiv. You will also visit the following wineries:
It is rare to find a wine estate in a big city, but Dragomir will surprise you in many ways. The winery is located in the southern part of the ancient city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city. Dragomir is more than a wine estate, it is a manifestation of the love for wine, but also for each other of the oenologists Nataliya and Konstantin. The winery is built in 2006 and not long after, it received prestigious international recognition at Vinalies Internationales in Paris in 2010 and 2011. A unique feature of Dragomir is the digestive made from the local variety Mavrud. Dragomir offers elegance and class inside the borders of the city and it is a must-see for any wine enthusiast who visits Plovdiv.
Todoroff is a winery situated in the village of Brestovitza, one of the most famous wine producing villages in Bulgaria, as well as the place with one of the highest concentrations of wine cellars in the country. The modern winery Todoroff is the first boutique winery in Bulgaria and is a successor of a prestigious winery dating back to 1945. Todoroff emphasizes on the relationship between wine and art and in this way embodies the spirit of its current owner, Ivan Todoroff, who is originally an artist. The modern winery also includes the first wine spa in Bulgaria and boasts to be the pioneer of wine tourism in the country. At Todoroff, you will submerge into the artsy atmosphere, rich history, and quality wines.
Villa Yustina is located in the village of Ustina, about 25 kilometers from Plovdiv. The name of the winery, as well as the village, originates from emperor Justinian I who was an emperor of the East Roman empire in the first century AD and who commissioned a fort to be built on the hills by the present village. Villa Yustina began its journey in the wine world in 2006 and soon after in 2011, its main oenologist received the price oenologist of the year. Villa Yustina is a proud birthplace of one of the best cuvees of the local varieties, Mavrud and Rubin. Villa Yustina will enchant you with warm hospitality, the beautiful vine park, and other outdoor recreational possibilities. If you are lucky enough to meet the owner, Milko Tsvetkov, you will also make a lifelong wine friend.
The base for the tour is the Plovdiv region. All four nights will be spent at the ancient town of Plovdiv, European capital of culture 2019. Plovdiv is an eclectic city with wine bars, restaurants, cafes, and cultural activities. It is also Europe's oldest continuously inhabited city. This tour involves a lot of culture. What is wine without culture and what is culture without wine?
Prepare yourself for a true foodie discovery of the Bulgarian cuisine. Bulgarian cuisine is diverse, hearty, fresh, and traditional. The cuisine is influenced by Turkish and Greek cuisine, but also has many Slavic and Balkan elements. There is, of course, influence from traditional Bulgarian recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
It is highly recommended to find a local "mehana" and sample some of the most popular traditional dishes such as shopska salad, hotchpoth, kavarma, kapama, kyufte, and kebapche. Vegetarian meals are also available. Please specify dietary or allergic information upon booking.
Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF) before 2 pm. Group transfer at latest 2 pm from and to the airport is included. Bulgaria Wine Tours will pick you up from the airport. Please inform your host of your flight details (flight number, date and time of arrival).