In 2018, we welcomed a very important guest to Bulgaria. The President of the International Sommelier Guild, Mr. Joseph Miller (B.Sc., SGD), spent 10 days touring the wine regions of Bulgaria and learning about the rich history of wine and wine making in Bulgaria.
The first edition of the pocket-sized Melnik wine map was a great success, and the recently released 2nd edition of the wine map is a great improvement over the last one including more wineries, more wine bars, more wine producers. The overall look of the map is realistic, artistic and user-friendly. The map is bi-lingual, free and available at selected "wine" places in Plovdiv, Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Bansko etc.
Unique wine tasting experiences await you in the Melnik & Struma Valley region. Take advantage of the unfamiliarity with the region and visit sooner rather than later. The Melnik & Struma Valley Wine Region is one of five broad wine regions in Bulgaria. Located in the southwestern corner of Bulgaria, the region is easily accessible from Sofia. It is about a 2½ hour drive from Sofia to the small town of Melnik which serves as a great base for a wine tasting and cultural exploration tour of the region. The region offers a wonderful blend of natural beauty, local food and wine, spa & wellness, cultural heritage sites and ancient history. Read on for more information about this lovely little wine region that has a very promising future...
The Eastern Rhodopes and Sakar wine region encompasses the area where the flat Thracian Valley merges with the smooth hills of the Sakar mountains and the final ranges of the Rhodope mountain. This wine region stretches over the area with probably the best conditions for viticulture in the country.
The Struma Valley and Melnik region is a wine region in south-western Bulgaria. The wines from this wine region were long ago internationally recognized and are even mentioned in old chronicles. The story goes that the wines were so dark and thick that when the snow-white skinned wives of the European aristocrats were drinking them, you could see the wine passing through their throats.