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Culture and Wine Tour in Bulgaria

The wines of Melnik and Struma Valley holiday takes you to one of the most famous Bulgarian wine regions - the Melnik region. 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 five carefully selected wine cellars; one of which is a 100% organic and bio-certified winery. Winemaking has been a proud tradition in this region for centuries.


  • Guided wine tours
  • Wine tasting sessions
  • Wellness and spa experience
  • A chance to explore the Melnik and Struma Valley wineries
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast


  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be spending five nights at the 4-star Medite Resort Spa Hotel.

During the tour, you will learn more about the wines, terroir, winemaking and history of this traditional wine region. 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. The base for this trip is the famous spa and wellness town of Sandanski. Here you will have the opportunity to try traditional Bulgarian massage procedures as well as variety of other wellness, beauty, and spa therapies.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Departure from Sofia center / Sofia Airport (SOF).
  • Wine tasting tour at Medi Valley winery including appetizers and mineral water.
  • Visit to the famous Rila monastery - the largest monastery in Bulgaria designated a UNESCO world heritage site since 1983.
  • Continue to the town of Sandanski.
  • Check-in to Medite Resort Spa Hotel.

Day 2 - Rozhen, wine tasting

  • After breakfast, you will make your way to the village of Rozhen.
  • You visit the Zlaten Rozhen wine cellar for a wine tasting, followed by lunch at the on-site restaurant.
  • After lunch, you will take a walk to the nearby Rozhen Monastery.
  • The Rozhen Monastery of the nativity of the mother of God is the biggest monastery in the Pirin Mountains and has existed since the middle ages.
  • Transfer back to Medite Resort Spa Hotel.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 3 - Melnik

  • Today, you will spend a full day in the charming town of Melnik - the smallest town in Bulgaria. The town is surrounded by unique sandy pyramid-like hills. The town is a popular destination for international and domestic visitors.
  • Tours are personal, informal, informative, and fun! Here, you will find countless cultural monuments and historical buildings.
  • On the program for today is a visit to 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 in this time period.
  • The rest of the day is left for you to discover Melnik. There are many lovely typical Bulgarian restaurants, wine shops, galleries, museums and the list goes on.
  • Return transfer to Medite Resort Spa Hotel in the afternoon.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 4 - Wineries visit

  • A day dedicated to wine, gastronomy, nature and good conversations. Today, we visit two boutique wineries located in a picturesque landscape of green fields, vineyards, small villages and farm animals.
  • Yur first visit is 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. This new boutique winery has quickly gained recognition for its excellent wines.
  • Here, you will tour the winery, taste wines, and sample traditional foods.
  • Return transfer to Medite Resort Spa Hotel.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 5 - Winery visit, wine tasting

  • 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 winemaking 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.
  • Return transfer to Medite Resort Hotel Spa.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 6 - Departure

  • Breakfast.
  • Transfer to Sofia Airport (SOF) or Sofia center from Medite Resort Spa Hotel at 10:00.

Medi Valley

The area around the Struma River in southeastern Bulgaria was inhabited in ancient times by the Thracian tribe Medi. The most famous Medi is Spartacus, the slave who started a revolution against the Roman Empire. As all Thracian tribes, the Medi also worshiped wine, which played an important role in their religious rituals. Following the Thracian heritage on these lands, Medi Valley specializes in producing high-quality, boutique wines with a distinct character. Located nearby the biggest and most famous Bulgarian monastery - Rila monastery - Medi Valley is one of the highest wineries in altitude in Bulgaria and provides warm welcome to each visitor that stops by.


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.


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 Millsime 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.

Villa Melnik

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 litres 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.

Zlaten Rozhen

Zlaten Rozhen is a relatively new winery in the Melnik wine region, once the most famous wine region of Bulgaria. Zlaten Rozhens 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 Rozhens wine, while experiencing the rural atmosphere of the Melnik region.

This retreat will take place in Bulgaria.

  • 2 lunches
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All ground transportation with a car/minivan included in the tours itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance to Kordopulov House
  • Group drop-off at Sofia Airport (SOF) or Sofia center
  • Group pick-up from Sofia Saint Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • Tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
  • Tour operator insurance from HDI Insurance in case of non-provision of services
  • Visit to Rila Monastery (self-guided)
  • Wine tasting at Medi Valley, including mineral water and appetizers
  • Wine tasting at Orbelia Winery
  • Wine tasting at Orbelus Winery, including mineral water and appetizers
  • Visit to Rozhen Monastery (self-guided)
  • Wine tasting at Villa Melnik, including mineral water and appetizers
  • Wine tasting at Zlaten Rozhen wine cellar, including mineral water
  • Extras and incidentals
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the tour description
  • Private transfers
  • Travel and medical insurance (please consult your insurance provider)
  • Tips
  • Visa fees, if applicable

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Sofia Airport (SOF).

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Wine Tours organizes wine tours in Bulgaria that also focus on cultural heritage, traditions, cuisine, and nature.

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