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An authentic 6-day tour of Bulgaria that combines the best the country has to offer: delicious food, fabulous wines, breathtaking nature and fascinating culture. Visit five unique wineries that are all producing amazing, award-winning wines and are part of the new wave of artisanal fine wines. Experience the best of the many local specialties through wine tastings and culinary delights. Visit two famous Bulgarian monasteries - Rila Monastery (the largest monastery in Bulgaria and featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1983) and Rozhen Monastery. Sofia is the perfect way end to this memorable tour. Sign up now!
You will be spending 3 nights in a traditional Melnik guesthouse in shared ensuite double rooms and 2 nights in a centrally located 4-star hotel in Sofia in shared ensuite double rooms.
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 а 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 winemaking 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.
This retreat will take place in Bulgaria. The Melnik and Struma Valley Wine Region is one of five broad wine regions located in the south-west of Bulgaria close to the Greek and Macedonian borders.
The wines from the Melnik region 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 nearest airport to the location is Sofia Airport (SOF). Bulgaria Wine Tours will pick you up at 14:00 from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
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