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Bulgaria 7-day Wine Tour
Enjoy a 7-day wine tour in the undiscovered wine country of Bulgaria. Taste unique local wines such as Mavrud and Rubin, and discover the stories behind the wines. Learn more about the wines, terroir, winemaking and history of Bulgaria in the traditional wine region surrounding Plovdiv – the Thracian Valley Region. The Thracian Valley is Bulgaria’s largest wine region. It is an under-the-radar wine region that was selected as Best Wine Travel Destination of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast.
Explore Plovdiv and its many layers of history from the Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Plovdiv is the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Enjoy the city and discover its magical atmosphere. Sample local Balkan foods. Discover cultural gems. Have an unforgettable experience!
Winemaking in Bulgaria dates to Thracian times more than 5 000 years ago. In the 1970s, Bulgaria became one of the largest wine exporters in the world. However, demand for Bulgarian wine declined after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since 2007, numerous small and medium-sized wineries have been established, focusing on quality rather than on quantity. They have consistently won awards at prestigious international competitions. These wineries continue the centuries-old tradition of winemaking on these lands and tell the stories of the skillful Thracians in a modern and unique way. Discover Bulgaria’s many local grape varieties. Grab the chance to try many interesting wines from old and modern wineries. Discover the rich tradition of winemaking in Bulgaria.
Minimum 2 people (private tour) 900 EUR p.p. (shared room)
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Arrival at Sofia Airport. Your private Tour Leader will be waiting for you in the arrival hall to welcome you to Bulgaria. Transfer to Plovdiv (2h). Check-in to accommodation: 4-star hotel in Plovdiv. Meals Included: Welcome Dinner incl. wine, Glass of Mavrud at Zagreus Winery
Start the day with a guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv (2h). Plovdiv is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe and was European Capital of Culture in 2019. Head out to the first winery visit of your tour: Villa Yustina. Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards and winery following the journey from grape to bottle. A memorable wine-paired lunch is served at the winery. Visit to the Red Church of Perushtitsa - the ruins of an early Christian church. Return to Plovdiv. Free evening. Your Tour Leader will be happy to assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch (wine-paired)
(Timings may vary and depend on the pace of the tour. Names of wineries and the tour leader will be provided in the travel service voucher once the booking is confirmed.)
Organic Wine & Bachkovo Monastery
Located not too far from Plovdiv is one of Bulgaria’s few organic wineries: Zagreus Winery. Enjoy a tour of the winery, which is surrounded by organic vineyards, and end the visit with an unforgettable tasting. This winery works mainly with the Mavrud grape, which is a local grape that grows predominantly in the Plovdiv region. Continue to the village of Bachkovo for a Bulgarian lunch. Visit to the second-largest monastery in Bulgaria – Bachkovo Monastery. Return to Plovdiv. Free evening. Your Tour Leader will be happy to assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch, Vineyards at Villa Yustina
The Valley of Roses
Today, we venture out of the Thracian Valley to visit the smallest wine region in Bulgaria: The Valley of Roses. Chateau Copsa is one of the few wineries in this region, and the team welcomes us inside to taste a selection of their wines. The flagship wine of the producer is their Red Misket, which is a local grape variety that is native to this region. The next winery is the charming Sopot Winery, where we enjoy a tour and lunch served with a selection of their wines. Return to Plovdiv. Free evening. Your Tour Leader will be happy to assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Bachkovo Monastery
Wines of Western Thrace
Today, we visit Manastira Winery for a tour and tasting of 5 wines in the tasting room. Enjoy lunch in a nearby village. After lunch, we visit Dragomir Winery and enjoy a tour of the winery and tasting of 5 wines. The wines from Dragomir Winery are consistently in the Top 10 Bulgarian Wines every single year. Return to Plovdiv. Free evening. Your Tour Leader will be happy to assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Thracians & Wine \ Today, we visit Rumelia Wine Cellar for a tour and tasting of 5 wines in the tasting room. Enjoy lunch in the town of Panagyrishte. In the afternoon, we visit the Panagyurishte Museum that is mostly famous for the Panagyurishte Golden Treasure - a Thracian treasure consisting of seven rhytons (wine vessels) with a total weight of 6.164 kg or 24-karat gold. Return to Plovdiv. In the evening, we enjoy one last dinner together to end our wine tour in a memorable fashion. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (incl. wine)
After breakfast, pack your suitcases and check out of the hotel. Transfer to Sofia Airport (2h). Departure. Meals: Breakfast
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