The fun thing about a holiday is that is doesn’t just have to be all about beaches and sunny weather (though if the holiday does have that, you won’t complain!). Some people go on cultural holidays, taking in the arts and appreciating the museums; others go on shopping trips and cram in as many bargains as they can while in warm and wonderful locations; and others will go on sports or adventure holidays and enjoy life on the edge. Another popular holiday theme is wine tasting, and some will explore a country through its wines, vineyards and cellars. Bulgaria lends itself perfectly to this, with its favourable climate and marvellous wines. Here are a few suggestions for your own wine tour of Bulgaria.
Domaine Boyar’s Sinite Skali (Blueridge) winery close to the border of the Shumen province, near to the Burgas province, boasts a large cellar that holds 2,000 oak casks. The winery has received its handsome name after the slopes of the Balkan mountains that rise above it.
Their Shumen winery makes the most of a moderate climate to cultivate Chardonnay, Traminer, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and Bulgaria’s own Dimiat, plus red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Originally founded in 1948, much investment has gone into this winery to modernise it for high-quality wine production.
Meanwhile, the Korten winery is located in the Thracian Valley and is particularly proud of its winemaking methods and boutique wines. Major parts of the process are conducted by hand. The winery itself stores 2,300 casks.
The Minkov Brothers cellar, located 15 kilometres west of Karnobat, in the province of Burgas, believes firmly that ‘Wine making starts at the vineyard’. Based on this philosophy, the cellar boasts three different vineyards, all situated in Burgas. The handpicked grapes grown in these vineyards will lead to the production of fine Muscats, Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Traminers, Pinot Noirs and Syrahs.
Guests to the cellar, which is built on a hill and has a retro feel about it, can sample wines paired with traditional Bulgarian dishes. Adventure seekers will love exploring the 80 metre tunnels that run below the cellar and where wines age in 6,000 barriques, made of French or American oak, at a natural temperature.
Wine Cellar Varna
In Varna, in the north east of Bulgaria you can visit Wine Cellar Varna, which has 500 hectares of vineyards to grow Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Traminer grapes, and, for the reds, Pinot Nero, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Depending on your wine tour package, you can try between three and seven different wines. If you go for the gold package, there’s an optional lunch or dinner with a choice of meats. The cellar also produces the traditional Bulgarian drink of rakia, a clear alcoholic drink which can be made from a range of fruits such as plum, grape, pears, apples or cherries.
Beautiful in its own right, Bulgaria is a splendid place to sample some of the most delicious wines. To go on a wine tour here is also to embark upon a culinary education as you learn to pair wines with particular foods for the most charming effect on the palate. Why not book a holiday with Falcon to Bulgaria and take the chance to get in the know about some of the finer things in life, such as an exquisite wine.