Back in 2013, a Danish woman and a Bulgarian man were captivated by Bulgarian wine, the stories behind the wine and the passion of the people working with Bulgarian wine. On October 17 2014, a new company emerged on Bulgaria’s business horizon – Bulgaria Wine Tours – the first tour operator in Bulgaria specializing exclusively in wine tourism. A few months later, in February 2015, Bulgaria Wine Tours obtained its tourism license from the Ministry of Tourism – a mandatory requirement to do any type of tourism in Bulgaria. In June 2015, the ‘Bulgaria Wine Tours’ website launched.
Three years after the launch of Bulgaria Wine Tours, we continue to passionately pursue our main goal – to promote the wines, culture, traditions, cuisine and nature of Bulgaria. Since our first tour in November 2015 up until now, we have hosted 214 people and introduced them to Bulgarian wines, culture, traditions and cuisine through our wine tours or wine tastings. We have organized tours for as little as 1 person to as many as 18 people. What is more important is that we have kept in touch with most of these 214 people and can call them friends now.
In its desire to promote Bulgaria and its wines, Bulgaria Wine Tours has cooperated with bloggers and magazines from across the globe, including a feature on Bulgarian wine in National Geographic Traveller with inputs from Bulgaria Wine Tours. In 2016, Bulgaria Wine Tours became the first Bulgarian company or organization to present the opportunities for wine tourism in Bulgaria at the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) in Barcelona.
Bulgaria Wine Tours is the recipient of the Luxury Travel Guide Award for Best Wine Tour Operator in Bulgaria for two consecutive years (2017 & 2018). In 2017, Bulgaria Wine Tours received the tourism award from Plovdiv Municipality for Most Original New Tourism Product in Plovdiv.
We like to believe that honest effort, patience and passion for what one is doing pays off in the end. We are still a small company, but we are proud of what we have achieved with the limited resources available to us. We are honored to have satisfied all our clients’ desires and to have received only positive feedback from customers and partners alike.
Cheers to many more years of wine touring in Bulgaria!