Bulgaria Wine Tour: Wine tasting Along The Struma Valley

Bulgaria Wine Tour: Wine tasting Along The Struma Valley - Encounter with the magic of Bulgarian wines and enjoy the beautiful sights that this country can offer!

Wine tasting, Local activities, Walking & Sightseeing
€1,255.00
  • 2 persons and more: €859.00 per person
  • 4 persons and more: €609.00 per person
  • 6 persons and more: €495.00 per person
  • 8 persons and more: €458.00 per person
  • 10 persons and more: €419.00 per person
  • 15 persons and more: €372.00 per person
  • 18 persons and more: €354.00 per person
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Highlights

  • Visit Rila Monastery
  • Taste some of the best Bulgarian wines
  • Visit the sunniest and the hottest part of Bulgaria - Struma Valley
  • Check out the best wineries that Bulgaria can offer
Languages: English, Bulgarian
Duration: 4 days
Group size: min 1
Description

Day 1: Depart from Sofia and transfer to Medi Valley winery, which name comes from the ancient Thracian tribe called Medi. Tasting at the winery and depart to Rila monastery, one of the most impressive sights in Bulgaria, which is also in UNESCO list of world heritage. Overnight at hotel in the area.

Rila monastery was founded in the 10th century by the monk hermit John, who was later named Bulgaria’s patron saint and his disciples. John of Rila, popular in Bulgarian language as Ivan Rilski, was raised to sainthood by grateful Christian Bulgarian people in a sign of tribute to his life work. He lived in the Reign of prominent Bulgarian kings such as Boris I, Simeon and Peter I. At the present, his relics are being kept in the monastery’s main church “Nativity of the Virgin”.

Rila Monastery is a cultural and spiritual centre. It keeps Bulgarian faith through tough years. Rila Monastery has always been as a source of revival, faith and hope for Bulgarian souls and minds. Rila Monastery turned into the stronghold of Bulgarian nationality and culture during Byzantine Period. Rising stately in the middle of the courtyard is a high stone fortress tower, having been built by the local feudal Hrelyu Dragovola in 1334-1335. He built the five-storey defence tower, topped by the Transfiguration Chapel, fragments of whose murals can still be seen today.

Day 2: Logodazh Winery, established in 1994 is situated in the very heart of the picturesque Struma valley. It is the sunniest and the hottest part of Bulgaria, having ancient and rich history and long – lasting traditions in winemaking. The warm sun rays and the terrain greatly contribute to it and the craftsmanship of the winemakers has been acknowledged for many years. Broad Leave Melnik Vine and Early Melnik Vine are grapes varieties, grown only in this part of the world, along the Struma valley.

After that following the main road to Greece we stop at Zlaten Rozhen winery.The winery of Zlaten Rozhen is located in the village of Kapatovo, in a land property of approximately 4000 m2. The winery is a modern architectural complex, with a fully completed production cycle, starting with grapes and ending at the bottle of wine. It is equipped with the most modern fermentation facilities with options to optimize and control all processes of vinification, maturing, stabilization and bottling of the wines. It processes the grapes yielded by the vines, reaching a capacity of 150 tons annually. The winery has a gustation room, where group- and individual gustations are available, as well as wine tours for the wine connoisseurs.

Just after taking the tour at the winery the tour continues to Zlaten Rozhen hotel where you will be accommodated. After check-in at the hotel you will visit Rozhen monastery and afterwards the restaurant at the hotel will welcome you to finish the day with tasting of Zlaten Rozhen wines and dinner.

Day 3: In the morning depart to Villa Melnik winery built on hill from which such picturesque views may be shot. Wine Cellar Villa Melnik is a family-owned producer of brave wines from indigenous and international grapes with a distinct Melnik character. Villa Melnik continues a family tradition of vine growing and wine making with over two centuries of documented history. The natural and climatic conditions in the Melnik region are some of the most favourable for wine production in Bulgaria. This is the warmest and sunniest part of the country. The aging of the top wines takes place in underground cellar-tunnels, which go deep into the sandy hill behind the winery. These tunnels maintain constant temperature and humidity throughout the year.

After tasting will visit the town of Melnik and have time for sightseeing and lunch.  Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria but it has a long history. When you enter the town it seems like you fall into the past. There are picturesque houses with tiled roofs, narrow streets, stone roads and carts loaded with wine barrels. It is a calm and quiet town.

The next stop will be at Orbelus winery, which impresses with its architecture and wines of course! The Orbelus project began in 2000 when the first 96 dka of land were acquired in the territory of Kapatovo, a village situated in the Struma Valley, at the foot of the mountain of Pirin. The mountain also gave to the brand its name– ORBELUS, as it was called by the Thracians who inhabited the region in the past.

Day 4: Depart from Zlaten Rozhen hotel to Sintika winery, which is former headquarter of the “Experimental agricultural center”. Sintica Winery is a modern combination between tradition and innovation. Within the complex are preserved many rare and exotic plant species-Ginkobiloba, Parnar, olives, cypresses, palms, citrus trees, Persimmon and others.

Degustation and depart to Sofia with lunch en route. Just before having some free time in the center of Sofia, located at the skirts of Vitosha mountain will visit another sight part of UNESCO – Boyana church. The Boyana Church was built in three stages: in the late 10th and early 11th, the mid-13th, and the mid-19th centuries.

The oldest section (the eastern church) is a small one-apse cross-vaulted church with inbuilt cruciform supports. It was built in the late 10th and early 11th century.

The second section, which adjoins the eastern church, was commissioned by Sebastocrator Kaloyan and his wife Dessislava and in the mid-13th century. This building belongs to the two-floor tomb-church type. It consists of a ground-floor family sepulchre with a semi-cylindrical vault and two arcosolia on the north and south walls, and an upper-floor family chapel identical in design to the eastern church. The exterior is decorated with ceramic ornaments.

The last section was built on donations from the local community in the mid-19th century.

Onwards a walking tour of Sofia and some free time at the pedestrian zone of Vitosha blvd.

What's included

  • 3 nights on HB basis: 1 overnight at hotel in Rila monastery region and 2 overnights at Zlaten Rozhen hotel;
  • Wine tasting at 6 wineries;
  • Private transport by air conditioned vehicle;
  • Proffessional guide;
  • Entrance fees according to the program;
  • Touristic insurance for the period of the tour.

Cancellations

  • In case of cancelation until 40 working days before the starting date the penalty is 50% of the deposit.
  • In case of cancelation less than 40 working days before the starting date, the penalty is 100% of the deposit and the tour is counted as canceled.
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