Bulgaria is a country with long-established and rich traditions in wine-making. Grape growing and wine production have a history in Bulgaria, dating back to the times of the Thracians. Wine is, together with beer and grape rakia, among the most popular alcoholic beverages in the country.
Bulgarian wine has undeniable taste qualities. It is worldwide famous and it has won many international awards. Merit for the great taste of the Bulgarian wines is the specific climatic and geographic characteristics, and the ancient tradition in the area of viticulture and winemaking. Some of the unique sorts for Bulgaria are Gamza, Wide Melnik Vine, Dimiyat, Pamid, Red Misket and Ruby.
Ever since the ancient Thracians, who inhabited these lands, wine has been respected. They used it not only as a drink
on the table, but also for many of their religious rituals. They believed that with wine they could reach their gods. The ancient Greek god Dionysus and his Thracian analogue Zagreus were worshipped by the Thracians as gods of wine and merriment. Evidence for the ancient Thracian traditions in wine production and consumption are the magnificent Thracian treasures, which are mostly wine sets.
The taste for good wine and the interest in the local varieties triggered the entry of wine tourism, wine tours and tastings in Bulgaria. Many of the wineries in the country organize events where experts and guests get acquainted with their best products.
With the vast experience and fresh ideas of Insight Events as a local DMC, you can discover limitless opportunities for wine tours around the country.
Here is a sample wine tour you can make with Insight Events –
Starting in the capital Sofia we will take you on a trip to the second-largest city in Bulgaira – Plovdiv. Plovdiv has made it into the top three of the European Best Destinations 2016 ranking. “Nestling in the south part of Bulgaria, Plovdiv is a leading cultural, religious, wine and shopping destination which never fails to reveal exciting, new facets of its character,” a brief description of Plovdiv reads, posted on the European Best Destinations’ website.
A day of sightseeing or shopping in Plovdiv will be followed by a trip to Starosel. Winery “Starosel” was built in 2005.
Manufacturing plant has an annual processing capacity of 1000 tons of grapes and is unique for Bulgaria manufacturing technology, as well as special equipment for fermentation and selection of grapes.
The Enoteca complex resembles the rotunda, which proudly became the new temple of the god of wine – Dionysus.
A Temple, where you can experience the cult of wine and the world of the ancient Thracians who left us a gift of art to make and drink wine.
The Winery “Starosel” allows you not only to taste the wine from the land of the Thracians, but also to plunge into the atmosphere of a bygone era.
Your tour with Insight Events will then continue to Midalidare Estate.
Midalidare Hotel & SPA is situated in the center of Mogilovo village between the two Wine Cellars of Midalidare Estate.
The building dates back to 1886 and has a long history. Nowadays, decades later, the old school of Mogilovo is transformed into a cozy place for guests. The newly built section of the SPA offers a good vacation to all that have decided to combine a good wine tasting with relaxation.
Following the wine routes, we reach the Edoardo Miroglio winery near Nova Zagora. The winery is located in the Thracian valley in the village of Elenovo, on 22 km. from Nova Zagora. It is surrounded by vineyards spreading on rolling hills, a lake and green lawns, which provide excellent conditions for this wine tour.
Your wine tour with Insight Events will end at Katarzyna Estate – Svilengrad.
Katarzyna Estate is situated in one of the most fertile wine growing regions of Bulgaria and Europe.
The cellar is located in the southernmost part of Bulgaria, 2 km away from the village of Mezzek and about 7km away from Svilengrad at the foot of the East Rhodope Mountains. The area is hilly, picturesque and still remarkably wild. In the hills and the gullies flourish the emblematic for the area poplar trees, oak trees and hornbeam, a place where the Maritsa River valley is overgrown with dense willow.
Katarzyna Estate owns 5,500 acres of vineyards in one of the best regions for wine growing in Bulgaria. The main wine varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Mavrud, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier , Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Traminer are consistent with the climate of the region and type of soil.
Your local DMC Insight Events will ensure a full program for this or any other trip you may wish to make, recommending the best wineries, restaurants and hotels on your way. Our broad experience and cool ideas will create an experience to remember. So just relax with a glass of wine and let us do the rest.