THRACIAN WINE REGION WINE TESTING SPA RELAX
Come with us to visit the local wineries and taste the fine, regional wines of Thracian region in Bulgaria – Plovdiv.
Wine production in Plovdiv region dates from the ancient Thracian ages – a fact, which is evidenced by the numerous archaeological discoveries in the region. This tradition, worshipped during the centuries, is based upon the fines and harmony of aroma and taste, along with the believe that making wine is a kind of Art.
Wine industry merchants, sommeliers, media publications in beautiful city of Plovdiv.
Day1: Arrival in Plovdiv – European capital of culture 2019. Accommodation in hotel 3 or 4 stars. Free time. Optional visit to piano bar. Sleep in Plovdiv
Day 2: Brestovitsa – Ustina – Plovdiv
Breakfast at hotel in Plovdiv. Departure for Brestovitsa village and visit Todoroff and Villa Vinifera wine cellars.
Brestovitsa village is located about 20 km South-west from Plovdiv and it is famous with its grapes and wine producing.
Some background information on the grapes: The Mavrud, Rubin and Pamid are local grape varieties that are indigenous to the Thracian Valley of Bulgaria. These are the grapes that make the wine unique to the region.
Due to lack of exposure, many producers have actually started using the more common grape varieties because of better selling.
Viewing Winery Villa Vinifera – introduction to the different compartments of the winery, production methods and traditions in the wine industry. The wine tasting shall be kept by oenologist. Getting to know the specifics of the different grape varieties, their characteristics and performance in wine tasting, a full description of the taste and flavor data.
In wine cellar Todoroff the wine tasting hall is for 65 guests and is located 8 meter below ground level. The hall has a unique interior design presenting artistic works by famous Bulgarian artists. TODOROFF wine cellar is the first boutique cellar in Bulgaria which paves the way for a new style in wine making. It features: production of small batches of high-quality red and white wines, strict technology control and preliminary quality analysis of the raw material. The cellar is specialized in production of high quality red wines of “Mavrud”, “Merlot” and “Cabernet Sauvignon” grape varieties in boutique series of limited quantity. The wine cellar is the perfect place to spend unforgettable moments close to the nature in the company of the high class red wines. In the unique atmosphere of the wine tasting hall and the cozy tavern you will discover: Wine tasting with appropriate appetizers with Walk through the cellar and a lecture for the history of all types of wine, myths and legends, the technology of producing and storing wine.
The next stop of our tour is a relatively new winery Villa Yustina. The cellar was founded in late 2006 with their own vineyard to make boutique wines. The village of Yustina was chosen for this project as wine making history dates back to ancient times here. They believe the foundation of making good wines is a good vineyard, which is continuously designed and expanded concurrently with their manufacturing area.
The terroir here is suitable for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Gris, Traminer, Aligote and Semillon grapes, while western edges of the vineyard are suitable for red varieties: Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Small quantities of very specialized wines are produced here. Stainless Steel tanks are used to ferment whole grapes, which are maintained around 12-15 degrees.
Wine highlight: Monogram. Matured in 100% Bulgarian oak barrels. here you find an interesting blend of local grapes Mavrud and Rubin, which has become synonymous to the brand. An award winning wine, the Monogram has a complex body with hints of Chocolate, berries and is generally very harmonious.
In the afternoon we will return back to Plovdiv and have a short relax at hotel. City tour of ancient town and central part of the town.
Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, considered by many as the most beautiful Bulgarian town. Plovdiv is an eternal town. The foundations of the town on the 7 hills by the ancient Maritza River were laid some 8 000 years ago. Plovdiv is older than Rome, Athens and Constantinople and it is the sixth oldest and continuously inhabited city in the world. The culture in Bulgaria is influenced by the surrounding Eastern European nations with touches of Greek, Romania, Turkish.
On this sightseeing tour we visit some of the most impressive sites in town like The Old Plovdiv – an architectural and historical reserve, situated on the Three Hills. Here picturesque houses of the National Revival period stand close to ruins from antiquity and Bulgarian renaissance churches Ancient Theater.
One of the best preserved ancient theaters in the world built in the end the 1st century under Emperor Trayan. In addition to theatrical performances, it was also used for gladiators and hunting games. Capacity of 6000 spectators, it has since be partially restored and adapted to modern cultural life. Our walk continues down to the partly uncovered Roman stadium and the 14-th century Djumaia mosque. At the end we stroll along the long and lovely main pedestrian commercial street with many cafes and shops to feel the unique laid back atmosphere of this spectacular city.
Dinner at typical Bulgarian restaurant with folklore program /optional/. Sleep in Plovdiv
Day 3: Winery Bessa Valley – Starosel wine cellar – Chateau Copsa wine cellar – SPA resort Hissarya
After breakfast at the hotel we will start the 3rd day of our tour with visit of Bessa Valley winery. The last started in 2001, which is named after the “Bessi”, the Thracian tribe that used to inhabit this area. This wine estate only produces red wines, specializing in high quality French varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdoh.
The grapes are all picked by hand, and then transported by elevators gently so that it’s not crushed before reaching the fermentation tanks via gravity. Bessa Valley winery uses concrete tanks to ferment, which is supposedly the best method of producing quality red wines the Bordeaux style.
The terroir is a combination of clay and sandy-stony soil, mixed with carbonates.
Wine Highlights: The Cabernet Enira 2011, which has a blackcurrant flavor and quite a soft body from the gentle extraction process. The Reserva Enira 2008 has hints of red fruit, vanilla and menthol, while the DUO Enira 2009 is really well balanced with berries and dried plum combinations.
We drive to the biggest Thracian cult complex by the village of Starosel. Archaeologists presume that the most powerful Odrissy king – Sitalk – was buried here. Wine vessels found in the temple and the tomb are proof of Orphean ritual practices. The cellar is built at the foot of the historical Starosel hill styled as a monastery complex. The wine cellar has a unique acoustic wine tasting hall. Starosel Winery Complex offers not only the opportunity to taste wine grown in the land of the Thracians but only to immerse yourselves in the atmosphere of an age long gone.
Wine tasting was done in a ‘temple’, concluding with live performances of dancers. An extravagant display and superb ending to the various wineries tasted here.
The temple also has an unique acoustic setup, where if you stand at specific spots, you can hear someone far away as if talking into your ear.
Depending on the season you have chosen to travel to Starosel, you may stumble on a number of different Thracian traditions that the winery keeps alive and recreates for its guests. One such is grape-picking, which takes place in the beginning of September and includes barefoot stomping of the grapes, a ritual performed by an unmarried, young lady.
The winery is distinguished by three special wine selections, the two of them “Teroar” and ‘Milezim’ are a mix of the region’s varieties and these wines age in French oak barrels.
Definitely a good choice for a wine tasting tour.
Departure to the next winery – Chateau Copsa – A real castle! That were the first thoughts here. Chateau Copsa is located on a hill top surrounded by vineyards located some distance away from the City of Plovdiv. It is a unique winery, situated among vineyards at the foot of the Balkan mountain, near Karlovo city. The wines of the Valley of Roses have the waft of the Thracians. The cellar is dug into the natural ground elevation, with natural temperature for aging selected wines Zeyla. The wines maturing in a barriques – French, American and Bulgarian. Its capacity is 320,000 liters in stainless steel. At this
moment the winery has 100 units’ barrels, which are used to produce a small acid fermentation Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, as well as the fermentation of Chardonnay. Produce around 300,000 bottles a year. The Copsa winery has 450 hectares of own vineyards. 45% of them are occupied by Old Bulgarian Red Muscat variety. Other varieties are Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet.
After degustation in Chateau Copsa we will go to SPA resort Hissaria – one of the most famous SPA resorts in Bulgaria. Accommodation in SPA hotel. Time for SPA and relax and here you will have possibility to feel the magic of The Bulgarian natural water.
Day 4: Breakfast in hotel. Time to make SPA procedures or optional visit to Starata izba wine cellar in Parvenetz. In the afternoon departure for Plovdiv airport.
An upcoming and different wine-tasting tourist spot, Bulgaria is somewhere to consider rather than going to the overdone Italy or France wineries.
Price from 318.00 EUR*
The package price includes:
- Meeting at the Airport of Sofia by a representative of DAN Travel and a guide
- Transfers: Airport – hotel – Airport with the guide
- Envelope – Welcome in Bulgaria – with maps and brochures for the tour;
- “Welcome” info-cocktail and useful information about the forthcoming program and route of the Tour;
- Accommodation for 3 nights according the board, in 3* star hotel;
– BB – bed and breakfast in the HTLS
- Transport with luxury coach with driver /mini-bus or bus/ according to the program;
- A licensed speaking guide during the whole itinerary n/according to the availability/;
- All entrance fees for the program;
- All parking fees for the program;
The package price doesn’t include /optional/:
- Lectures for the program
– Professional local guide can be hired according the program at the place.
- Transport out of the route.
- All sightseeing not mentioned in the program.
- Personal expenses.
*The price is valid for minimum 8 participants.