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