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Katarzyna is located two kilometres from the border of Greece on the Eastern foothills of Rhodopa Mountain. The winery is well-established, with around 750 hectares of vines. Since 2012, 85 of these hectares are cultivated organically. 2015 was the first release of Katarzyna’s organic range.
Made by brother Oenologists, Svilen and Ivan Kisyovy, Katarzyna has a large portfolio of wines with a focus on traditional wine making techniques, predominantly using international varieties (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carménère.) as well as, indigenous cuvees from Rubin and Mavrud. Katazyna Estate is home to Bulgaria’s largest underground barrel room.
Zlaten Rozhen Winery
Zlaten Rozhen winery is equipped with all the modern winemaking facilities needed to produce quality wines while maintaining tradition. Based in the village of Kapatovo, the winery produces on average 150 tonnes annually, with predominate plantings in the Struma River Valley.
With a focus on indigenous variety Melnik (Melnik 55, Melnik Ruby, and Broad Melnik) and white grape, Sandanski Misket, Zlaten also blends many cuvees with international varieties, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.
The 3* hotel based in the village of Rozhen is perfectly placed to surround yourself with Bulgarian culture, cuisine and vines.
Aya Estate combines oenology with art. The visually beautiful and unique winery owns vineyards in two contrasting areas of Bulgaria;
Kavarna, in the North West of Bulgaria, just 10km from the Black Sea coast. Rich and fertile soils produce Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Petit Manseng and Pinot Noir.
Harsovo, planted with vines up to 50 years old, including Cabernet France and the region’s famous Shiroka Melnishka Loza (Broadleaved Melnik). More recently, grapes such as Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache and Merlot have been used.
The two locations are all farmed in line with biodynamic philosophies under the watchful eye of internationally renowned, Julian Reneaud.
Established in 1875, the Minkov brothers began their winemaking journey just West of Karnobat and are famous for bringing Bulgaria its first wine Gold Medal awarded at the International Wine Exhibition in Brussels.
Since then, a new generation of Minkov brothers are producing wines traditionally from the villages Terziysko, Ognen and Devetak, focusing on the influence the Black Sea has and regional differences the village vineyards bring to each wine. Predominately international varietals, such as; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Viognier, Muscat Petits Grains, and Muscat Ottonel are used.
With over 135 years of winemaking history, the winery shares two museums educating Bulgaria curious visitors.
Rupel gorge surrounds the Struma River between the slopes of Mount Belasitsa and Sengelska Mountain, which is known to be a wine hub of Bulgaria.
Rupel was formed in 2015 and stretches across 26 hectares. All winemaking practices are carried out organically and as naturally as possible, with the intent to reduce CO2 emissions. Working with indigenous varieties to the area, Rupel also works with a broad range of interesting international varieties such as; Marselan, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo.
Rupel Winery takes pride in celebrating Trifon Zarezan, a historical day of celebration acknowledging the first day of vine pruning honoring Saint Tryphon.
The story of Vinex Slavyantsi started in 1898, when a local merchant won a gold medal for local white variety, Red Misket. Following this, in the 1920’s, the first winery was built in the village of Slavyantis by a cooperative which later was split in two; Slavyantis and Sungulare. After the State Alcohol Monoply in 1995, the two cooperatives were privatized by the workers.
Today, Vinex Slavyantsi has around 2,800 hectares in Sungurlar Valley, close to the Black sea.
The portfolio of wines is extensive and is made using modern technologies, including four bottling lines for still, sparkling, Bag-in-box and fortified wine. It is Bulgaria’s largest exporter of wine.