Bulgatia wine tour: Wine tasting through the lands of Thracians
Encounter with the magic of Bulgarian wines and enjoy the beautiful sights that this country can offer!
- 2 persons and more: €2,041.00 per person
- 4 persons and more: €1,447.00 per person
- 6 persons and more: €1,198.00 per person
- 8 persons and more: €1,114.00 per person
- 10 persons and more: €1,031.00 per person
- 35 persons and more: €809.00 per person
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- Visit "The Lands Of Thracians"
- Taste some of the best Bulgarian wines
- Check out the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
Day 1: After landing at Sofia airport depart to the village of Chernogorovo, where Neragora winery is located. The name Chernogorovo comes from “Black Forest”, the hills on which the vineyards are planted have been known since antiquity, and they have always grown vineyards, not by accident called the “Golden Hills”. The earth is clean, virgin and strong, every year in the area of Chernogorovo hundreds of storks come back to shrink their nests. These are the lands of the ancient Thracians, one of the first in the world to make and worship the wine. Orphic rituals, Zagreus and Dionysus, the songs of Orpheus and the heroism of Spartacus. Gods, heroes and poets, mystery and sacrament, wine perceived as a divine drink, as a bridge to other worlds. This is the inheritance.
Later, after the first steps on the ancient Thracian’s lands continue to the town of Brestovitsa, check-in at Todoroff hotel&winery and tasting followed by dinner at the restaurant. The wine cellar was established in 1945 and was nationalized two years later. The descendents of the original owners received the cellar in the restitution process and Mr. Ivan Todoroff bought it from them in 2001. The refurbishing of the cellar was completed within a few months and the production of the first batch of wines started in the autumn of 2001.
Day 2: In the morning transfer to the neighbourhood village Ustina, where Yustina winery is located. The winery location is specifically chosen, because Plovdiv region is among the few with a significant wine history. In this area, you can hear many tales about Thracians and their wine, ancient rites and mysteries. Herodotus described the local Thracians as warlike tribe with an independent spirit, that undertook the difficult task to be guardians of the sanctuary of Dionysus. It is believed that the ancient Thracian capital - Besapara was located near Ustina.
The beginning of vine-growing and wine making in this area was set by the Thracians. They are also considered to be the best winemakers. People produced wine 5000 years ago on the Balkans, which is a proof that the Thracians were the first to transform grapes into wine. The first vines were brought by them from the Middle East to what is now southern Bulgaria.
Like blink of an eye it is time to depart to Plovdiv - a city with a spirit of antiquity. Plovdiv emerged as a real town in the 12th c. BC. The ancient Greek writers ascribe the fame of being its first founder to the mythical Thracian king Eumolp, the son of Hemus and Europe. The town was built on the three hills /i.e.tepe/ that were grouped together – Nebet Tepe, Taksim Tepe and Djambaz Tepe.
Many of important ancient monuments have been preserved on the territory of the Old Three Hills. The slogan of Plovdiv is “Ancient and eternal”, which says enough!
Day 3: Breakfast and depart to one of the most beautiful and remarkable monasteries in Bulgaria - Bachkovo monastery. It is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is beautifully situated on a ledge, on the right from the Valley of Chepelarska River, close to the village of Bachkovo and 30km from Plovdiv. This easy accessibility makes it the second most visited monastery in the country.
Bachkovo Monastery “Assumption of the Holy Virgin” was established by the great Domestic of the West Grigorii Bakuriani under the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Alexis I Komnin. Bakuriani was a friend of the emperor and the ruler of the geographical region, in which the monastery was built. His brother, Abasii, also a co-founder, provided significant financial support but unfortunately did not survive until the construction was finished.
In the afternoon transfer back to Plovdiv and visit Dragomir winery for a tasting. The creation of Dragomir Winery estate comes from the dream of two Bulgarian enologists- Nataliq Gadjeva and Konstantin Stoev to change the perception of Bulgarian wines that are attractive, interesting, diversity in the tastes among the different brands and with a constant quality throughout the years. The basis for the creation of these wines lies in the experience of the wine specialists, goaded by their never-ending interest in experimentations. The total quantity of wine produced for a given year is 60,000 bottles.
After the tasting it is time to have some free time in the pedestrian area of Plovdiv.
Day 4: In the morning depart to the town of Parvomai and just few kilometres before entering the town in the hills on the right side will appear Zagreus winery. It is a modern complex with a fully complete production cycle beginning from the grapes and ending with the bottle of wine. It is equipped with the most contemporary fermentation facilities with the ability to optimize and control all processes of vinification, aging, stabilization and bottling of wine. The beginning of the vineyard was set in the autumn of 1998 and currently we have 120 hectares of own vineyards. The varieties cultivated are Mavrud, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. The vine massif is located in one of the most favourable in soil and climate regions in Bulgaria – Plovdiv plain which is part of the Upper Thracian Plain.
After the tasting at Zagreus winery enjoying the picturesque views depart to the village of Mogilovo, where Midalidare winery is located. The first wine cellar of Midalidare has been built in 2009. The goal of the Cellar was to produce bottled wine in small series but with a strong character with a capacity of only 120 000 bottles per year. This project kicked out successfully and in 2011 was opened a second cellar in Mogilovo with a capacity of 160 000 bottles per year. Midalidare cultivates 160 ha of vineyards, all in the area of Mogilovo, where the furthest distance from one of both cellars is barely 5 km. Wine is produced exclusively from grapes of own vineyards and the wine technology incorporates all modern requirements for environmentally friendly product. Due to the climate and soil characteristics there are so many varieties of white and red grapes, which grow in Midalidare’s vineyards.
Day 5: After a restful night it is time for new portion of high quality wines. Breakfast and depart to Edoardo Miroglio winery, which is specialized in producing sparkling wines too.
Grape-growing and wine-making have been traditional for the region ever since Thracian times. Many ancient authors have praised the Thracian wine, and the recipe has been passed from father to son for generations. After elaborate analysis and soil tests in the micro-region of Elenovo village, Edoardo Miroglio found that the terroir of Elenovo is unique for Bulgaria and is equally good for cultivating both red and white grape varieties. Some of the varieties cultivated by Edoardo Miroglio wine cellar are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Mavrud, Rubin, Melnik 55 and Bouquet.
Continue with tasting at “Windy Hills” chateau, which is situated in the centre of its vineyard. The architectural radiance of the building creates a sense of coziness, tradition and style behind which lies a modernly furnished wine-making enterprise. It has created conditions to apply the most modern technologies in wine production. Technological equipment is carried out by leading Italian companies and meets all world requirements. The production cycle covers all technological operations from the initial processing of the grapes to the bottling and artistic layout of the produced wines. The management and control of the quality of the production is carried out by a modernly equipped laboratory.
Transfer to Jrebchevo dam and overnight at Aglika Palace hotel.
Day 6: In the morning after breakfast depart to the town of Kazanlak, where the Rose Museum and the Thracian tomb will be visited.
Rose production and even the greater part the trading with the rose oil became one of the most attractive visit cards on Kazanlak region and the Bulgarian agriculture. Before half century reasonably said: Rose culture in Bulgaria whose purpose is extraction of rose oil, is not only the oldest and the most charming industry in our country but also exceptionally and specific in the region.
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, discovered in 1944, has been among the first Bulgarian monuments on the UNESCO protected World Heritage Site list since 1979. It comprises a passage, a rectangular antechamber and a round burial chamber. The funeral items were plundered in ancient times – just a few finds of gold, silver and pottery have reached us.
After the sightseeing in Kazanlak a modern rose oil distillery, located in the village of Skobelevo will be visited, where also will be tested different kind of products made of rose oil.
Our next stop will be at Starosel winery & hotel. Technologists and winemakers from the Starosel cellar started a flame that will leave a trail in our time and will carry over the centuries the tradition of the ancient Thracian, leaving us a gift in the art of making and drinking wine.
After the tasting dinner and overnight at Starosel hotel.
Day 7: The day starts with a visit to the Thracian tomb in Starosel. Archaeological finds in the area of the village of Starosel testify to ancient settlements from 7 to 8 millennia ago. The area around today’s village of Starosel in 4th century BC was not just a paradigmatic area, but undoubtedly a royal one based on the facts related to the analysis of the discovered architecture within the fortified sites and the mound embankments.
Continue to a wine tasting at chateau Copsa. Inspired by family history and the charge of the Rose Valley, the family tradition continues to this day. Following the basic rule that good wine comes only from grapes from well grown vineyard, in 1998 the owner of Chateau Copsa – Minko Minkov began buying land for vineyards and unification of old vineyards and planting new ones. The grape varieties are native Red Muscat, Muscat, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are located at the foot of the Balkan Mountains, in the Rose Valley of well treated soils.
After the tasting transfer to Koprivshtitsa - one of the most characteristic Bulgarian towns, still preserving the atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival period of the 19th century. The town is huddled in the mountain-folds, boasts a large number of architectural monuments from the period. Collections of ethnographic treasures, old weapons, National Revival works of art, fine fretwork, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes and typical Bulgarian jewellery have also been preserved. It was here that the first shot of the April Uprising against the Ottoman domination was fired in 1876.
On the last day of that magnificent trip the first stop will be at Rumelia winery located in the town of Panagyurishte. Rumelia wine cellar was established in 2006 in the town of Panagyuriste. One of the most valuable symbols of the town is the world known Panagyuriste golden treasure – a unique monument of the ancient Thracian civilization. The Thracian were known as famous and crafty wine makers, a witness of which was Omir. We do appreciate the proven traditions of the past in the art and secrecy of wine making and combine it with modern equipment and technology in order to propose own style and distinguished character of our wines.
The cellar had production area, underground barrel cellar, bottling line, laboratory, cozy testing area and unique atmosphere, where our guests can feel that wine manufacturing is an art, the wine – magic and the wines of Rumelia wine cellar – true delight. The total area of the vineyards is 54 hectares, located in two missives – “Bakadjik” and “Peso pole”. The grape varieties structure is as follows – Mavrud, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah for the red and Muscat ottonel and Chardonnay for the white wine varieties.
After the tasting depart to Sofia and depending on the flight schedule possibility to have free time in the central area of Sofia or at one of the shopping malls.
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- 7 nights with breakfasts at Todoroff hotel & winery (Brestovitsa), 2 nights at Seven Hills hotel (Plovdiv), Midalidare hotel & winery (Mogilovo), Aglika Palace hotel (Jrebchevo dam), Starosel hotel & winery (Starosel), hotel in Koprivshtitsa (it will be chosen based on the quantity of the group);
- 7 deluxe dinners at Todoroff, Alafrangite restaurant in the Old Town of Plovdiv, Memory restaurant in Plovdiv, Midalidare, Aglika Palace, Starosel and Koprivshtitsa;
- Entrance fees to: Plovdiv - Roman theater, Ethnographic museum, Hindliyan’s house, The Small basilica; Bachkovo monastery; Kazanlak - Thracian tomb and Rose museum; Starosel - Thracian tomb; Koprivshtitsa - Revival houses;
- Deluxe wine tastings (will be tasted only middle and high class wines) at 11 wineries - Neragora, Todoroff, Vila Yustina, Dragomir, Zagreus, Midalidare, Edoardo Miroglio, Windy Hills, Starosel, Chateau Copsa, Rumelia;
- Throughout English/German speaking guide;
- Throughout transport services by air conditioned vehicle.
- 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.