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Come to Bulgaria and take part in the discovery of the wines of the Thracian Valley! Home to some of the best boutique wineries in the country, this area offers a great combination of wine, food, nature, culture, and heritage, as well as provides a small village experience and a city experience. Meet the custodians of the vineyards and let them tell the story behind Mavrud, sample the local dishes, broaden your knowledge on the Thracian tribes that once ruled these lands, and taste the noteworthy wines.
The maximum participants in the group is 10.
Landmark Creek Hotel is the newest four-star hotel complex in Plovdiv. Located in the greenest and most picturesque city area, the Rowing channel park, the hotel offers an exquisite combination of nature's tranquility and dynamic city environment. At only seven-minute distance by car from the city center, Landmark Creek enchants with remarkable panorama, elegant atmosphere, and extra special attention to each guest.
Wine and spa hotel Todoroff is a boutique hotel located in the village of Brestovitsa in the Thracian region. It is 150 kilometers from Sofia and only 15 kilometers from the cultural capital of Bulgaria, Plovdiv.
During this wine tour, you will visit some of the best boutique wineries in the country, which are located in the Thracian Valley region. Thracian Valley is one of the most famous wine regions in Bulgaria. Western Thrace is the birthplace of one of the main local varieties, Mavrud, which is present in the tastings of almost each winery visited.
All of the wineries are enchantingly picturesque and located in the broad, rolling terrain of the Rhodopean Collar wine region, situated at the foot of the Rhodope Mountains. You will visit Plovdiv, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, and Bachkovo Monastery, the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. Bachkovo Monastery keeps the secrets of Bulgarian and Orthodox identity that managed to survive over 400 years of occupation from the Ottomans.
You will also visit Asen’s fortress, a Byzantine fort that guarded the entrance to the Thracian valley. Prepare to visit Old Plovdiv and marvel at spectacular roman ruins and architecture from the 1800s, sense the buzzing atmosphere in Plovdiv, and taste the noteworthy wines.
Upon arrival to Sofia Airport (SOF), you will be welcomed by a tour leader. Then, you will be transferred to the Todoroff Wine and Spa Hotel in Brestovitsa for check-in. Next, you will take part in a tour of winery, followed by a wine tasting. Tonight's dinner will be in the Todoroff restaurant. Today's meal plan includes dinner.
This morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Villa Yustina. Then, you will enjoy a winery tour, where you will experience tasting of five wines. The next activity in the schedule is a visit to the ruins of the Red Church. It is an early Christian church with unique wall paintings. Next, you will have lunch.
Later on, you will return to the Todoroff Wine and Spa Hotel and have a free evening for yourself. Your tour leader can help with restaurant recommendations and bookings. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and lunch.
This morning, wake up after a night's rest and have breakfast before checking out of the hotel. Then, you will be transferred to a four-star hotel in Plovdiv. After checking in to the hotel, you will take part in a guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv. Then, you will have free time for lunch, followed by a tasting session at a local enoteca in Plovdiv. Tonight, you will have a free evening for yourself. Today's meal plan includes breakfast.
After having breakfast, this morning you will visit Asen's fortress and Bachkovo Monastery, which is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. Then, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Later on, you will be transferred to a charming winery, Starata Izba, or "the old cellar," for a tour and tasting of wines from tanks and barrels. After that, you will return to the hotel in Plovdiv and enjoy a free evening. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and lunch.
This morning, you will visit Bessa Valley winery after having breakfast for a tour and wine tasting. Next, you will go to Villa Terres for another tour and wine tasting session, followed by lunch. Later, you will return to Plovdiv and enjoy a free evening. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and lunch.
Today is the end of your holiday in Bulgaria. After breakfast, you will proceed with check-out. There will be a transfer to Sofia Airport (SOF) or city center, which is two hours away. Today's meal plan includes breakfast.
Throughout the 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:
Bessa Valley derives its name from the Thracian tribe Bessi, the most tumultuous of all Thracian tribes and the guardians of Zagreus’ (the Thracian god of wine) temple. The area that the ancient Bessi inhabited was chosen by Count Stephan von Neipperg to produce high quality red wines.
The architecture of the winery itself follows the Thracian traditions and the name of the Enira brand is commemorative of the Thracian princess Enira, whose unmatched beauty mesmerized locals and strangers alike. History repeats itself and Bessa Valley is yet another successful wine project in the long history of wine making in the Neipperg family, while Enira continues to enchant anyone it has contact with.
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.
Starata Izba (the old cellar) is a successor of the wine estate Bojilov from the end of the 19th century. The legend goes that the head of the Bojilov family found a gold treasure at the place where the winery is located and used it to build a wine estate. During the communist regime in Bulgaria, the winery was also used as a residence for the party’s elite, which is evidenced in a section with preserved artifacts from that time.
Today, the winery is renovated and equipped with modern wine-making equipment by its new owners at the turn of the 21st century. At Starata Izba, one can take a step back in time and try the winery’s premium brand Merum, the name used by the Romans for the purest of wines.
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. Two nights will be spent in a winery and boutique hotel in the wine capital of Southern Bulgaria, Brestovitsa. Brestovitsa is a great place to explore on foot and there are a total of four wineries located in this village alone. The additional three 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.
You can indulge in wine-based spa treatments at Todoroff Hotel and spa at an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bulgaria Wine Tours will pick you up from the airport.