Therefore, it is no surprise that mainly red grape varieties are cultivated in the Eastern Rhodopes and Sakar wine region. In fact, during the time when winemaking was coordinated by the state, this region was designated as an ideal area for Merlot. Now many other grape varieties are successfully cultivated here – Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Rubin, Mavrud and even Pinot Noir from the red varieties and Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Traminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat Blanc A Petits Grains (here called Tamianka) from the white varieties.
Apart from excellent wines, the Eastern Rhodopes and Sakar wine region offers multiple cultural and nature landmarks. The area is rich in biodiversity and is in fact the place with the most endangered bird species in Europe. In addition, unique cultural heritage sites can be found in this region such as: one of the most important Thracian temples – Perperikon, the tomb and temple of the ancient poet and singer Orpheus at Tatul, the magnificent Roman estate – Villa Armira and the largest Thracian tomb ever discovered by the village of Mezek.
The Eastern Rhodopesand Sakar wine region has sometimes been referred to as the Napa Valley of Bulgaria. The reasons are that there are numerous wineries in this region that are situated very close to each other and, of course, because excellent wine is being made here. A typical characteristic of the Eastern Rhodopes and Sakar wine region is that here you will find large producers, smaller producers and even family-run estates with as little as one person working there full time; this fact enriches further the wine tour experience.