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“Full day wine tour and Plovdiv Insider: Memories Galore”

My group and I took a trip to Bulgaria for my friend's birthday and Bulgaria Wine Tours did not disappoint. I had a great experience working with Zina. She is a dedicated tour coordinator as she sent me many reminders for bookings, weather, payment etc... I let Zina know we were coming to Bulgaria to celebrate my friend's milestone birthday and all three of the wineries we went to did something extra special for my friend (we were able to taste direct from wine tanks, special dessert at lunch and a bottle of wine!!!) Albena was a tour guide for the full day wine tour and she is smart and knowledgable and lots of fun! She also gave us a FANTASTIC restaurant recommendation for Roots Wine bar in Plovdiv after our long day of wine tasting. The next day we went with Irina and Paul for the insider Plovdiv tour. They were a great team and also provided an unexpected extra special gift to my friend for her birthday! We learned tons about the city, the ruins and the culture and also enjoyed delicious food and another wine tasting as well! I would not hesitate to book with Bulgaria Wine Tours again.

[Plovdiv Day Tour & The Plovdiv Insider Experience]

Julie Machak
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"A 5 day tour of the Thracian Valley"

Our wine tour was expertly organised by Zina and Vasil and the four of us are unable to think of a single negative comment. Before the tour we had a number of requests to make (for example about the choice of accommodation in Plovdiv, and a particular winery that we wanted to visit) and all of our requests were acted upon. We wouldn't hesitate to book another tour with them - perhaps next time to the Struma Valley. It was a pleasure for us to be so well looked after by both Zina and Vasil, and we would recommend anyone who is thinking of doing a wine tour in Europe to consider this tour in Bulgaria.

[Customized Yakata & Western Thrace Tour]

Joy Goodyear
United Kingdom
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"Outstanding professional tour -superb value"

We were a party of 4 people who had booked a 5 day 4 night tour with Bulgaria Wine tours direct from the UK. Collectively, we have been on very many wine tours from one day to a week in many places around the globe, and I have to say this IS one of the very best from the top draw. The tour was carefully planned , the communication to and fro was excellent we knew what we were getting and it exceeded our expectations. Vasil Zlatev who was the guide throughout the tour, even to ensuring we were safely delivered to the Sofia airport, was very knowledgeable and caring about our welfare. We visited two wineries every day, in the Thracian valley, ( just about right) had some superb lunches visited historic sights and ended with a wine pairing dinner. What was included and more importantly, what was not, was spelt out in the comprehensive itinerary . This is a young company, but full of promise, if you want to understand more about Bulgarian wine , and indeed the country, and be looked after from beginning to end just go to the website and make an inquiry if our experience was anything to go by you will not regret it at all...

[Customized Yakata & Western Thrace Tour]

Jeff Body
United Kingdom

"Thank you very much!"

We were very happy with the day tour. All went well and was perfectly organized. Thank you very much! We will write a review on Tripadvisor and will recommend it to our friends in Switzerland in case they happen to be in Bulgaria. Vasil was a great tour leader.

[Winelover's Sofia Day Tour]

Lukas Wadsack
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"Best wine tour I've ever been on!"

I did the full day Plovdiv tour with two friends and I cannot recommend it highly enough! Our guide Vasil was incredibly knowledgable, not only about Bulgarian wine making but also the many questions we had regarding Bulgarian history. The three wineries we visited were fantastic, involving multiple tastings, tapas and tours of the wine making process. Overall it was a highly enjoyable and engaging experience and ultimately the best wine tour I have ever been on!

[Full-Day Plovdiv Wine Tour]

Rosie B.

"We all thoroughly enjoyed it!"

Thanks you for taking us on your wonderful wine tour.  We all thoroughly enjoyed it and will drink Bulgarian wines with confidence when we find them. Thank you too for being so generous in sharing your knowledge of Bulgaria with us.  What a fascinating country Bulgaria is.

[Half-Day Plovdiv Wine Tour]

Victoria Elworthy
New Zealand
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"Bulgarian wine brings sunshine to your heart!"

Fourteen of us visited Bulgaria on a trip organised by Bulgaria Wine Tours. The tour was an outstanding success largely due their efficient organisation and attention to detail coupled with a flair for finding smaller more interesting vineyards. Bulgarian wine is well worth discovering and when you do go with Bulgarian Wine Tours! We are definitely going back to discover more on the unique wines Bulgaria

[Wines of Melnik & Struma Valley]

Martin Highridge
United Kingdom

"A wonderful country"

Sandy and I wold like to thank you for a fantastic holiday and giving us a chance to see your wonderful country. We are making sure all of our friends know how welcoming and friendly Bulgaria is. Thank you to you both and to all the people we met including our driver.

[The Wines of Melnik & Struma Valley]

Lance and Sandy Gladstone
United Kingdom
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"A great introduction to Bulgaria and its wines"

We visited in early May 2017. After a minor hiccup with our flights to Bulgaria we were able to alter our itinerary for Vasil to pick us up in another city. We had five nights and six days in our tour. When we initially contacted the company Vasil and Zina suggested rearranging our itinerary to include the Wine and Gourmet festival in Plovdiv. This turned out to be just one highlight of our trip. Vasil, who drove us around and acted as our guide and interpreter when needed, was very knowledgeable about the ancient and recent history of Bulgaria. This background made our experience much more meaningful. We visited a total of six wineries, all obviously chosen to give us a broad understanding of the different wine regions and styles. Our trip included visits to archeological sites and museums as well as a meeting with the operator of a rose oil producer. We stayed at two excellent hotels, and we had recommendations for places to dine. The service from Bulgaria Wine Tours before and during the trip was professional and friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for anyone who wants to visit Bulgaria.

[Yakata & Western Thrace]

[The Rose Valley & Spa Trail]

Darby Higgs
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"Fantastic experience"

We have just been in Bulgaria with a little Group of Wine Lovers with Bulgaria Wine Tours and we have a wonderful tour. Wonderful hotels and fantastic wine visits. I do really give my best recommendation to Bulgaria Wine Tours, and I'm happy for our good cooperation 🙂

[The Wines of Melnik and Struma Valley]

Annie Holm Pedersen
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"Great people, great wine"

The hosts were fantastic-- they know a ton about wine and you can't help but get swept away by their enthusiasm. We did a wine tasting at their site in Plovdiv. All the wine was delicious, and there was a full charcuterie board (with fresh Bulgarian cheese and salami) to accompany it. You get a lot of bang for your buck, too. We ended up stocking up on gifts/wine for ourselves for the rest of the trip here. I would highly recommend adding this onto your Plovdiv itinerary!

[Wine Tasting in Plovdiv]

Megan from Texas

“We learned so much on our wine tour with you ”

We learned so much on our wine tour with you -- we enjoyed all the fine wines and great food, we respect the warmth of the Bulgarian people, and we now appreciate the incredible natural beauty of the country. Thank you for teaching us.I hope we can tour with you again, and hope we can stay in touch.Sincerely, Terry

[Sakar & Eastern Rhodopes 3-Day Wine Tour]

Terry Sonnonstine
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“One Day Winelover's Tour!

Overall fun and enjoyable. Vasil is very knowledgeable: not only about wine but also the history and environment. Two very different wineries, a great range of very good and very interesting wines. Fully recommended!

[Winelover’s Day Tour from Sofia]

Almut Arneth
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Couldn't recommend more!

We had such an amazing day tour. All the wineries were beautiful and had interesting and delicious wines. Great to support a real family run business with such a great story. Our guide was superb and the Thracian valley is so beautiful Couldn't recommend more highly.

[Plovdiv Wine Tour]

Lydia Arkell
United Kingdom
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"So thoughtful, so interesting, so much fun!!"

We traveled on a privately arranged 5 day tour with friends, last September (sorry to be slow getting round to writing a review). Vasil and Zina planned the tour, and also made arrangements for us to stay on afterwards in Burgas and Sofia. Beforehand I knew next to nothing about Bulgarian wine, or indeed Bulgaria generally. The wine tour went just at the right pace, and Vasil is an outstanding guide and extremely helpful in dealing with our requests. We visited several different and contrasting vineyards, and also some very interesting (and scenic) historical sites. I now know quite a lot about Bulgarian wine, and some of it is very good indeed. I also know more than I did about winemaking processes. We also learned a lot about the history of Bulgaria, which is fascinating, and in particular we learned much about Plovdiv, which is arguably the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, with layer upon layer from different civilizations. The arrangements after the tour were also done very competently and appropriately, with good hotels and transport arrangements, and excellent suggestions for things to do. The whole experience couldn't really have been better.

[Yakata & Western Thrace]

Kevin Edwards
United Kingdom
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“The best way to discover Plovdiv... ”

A good wine tour is always a brilliant way to really get under the tourist facade of a holiday destination. It combines local knowledge, great traditional food, fascinating stories and of course bundles of great wine. This tour certainly delivers all of this and more. We spent a day with Vasil visiting three varied and interesting wineries.

We sampled wine varieties we'd never tasted before (mavrud is brilliant!), had a delicious local meal and even got to investigate local ruins.

The wineries' staff were incredibly friendly and generous. The views and buildings were breathtaking, complimenting the high standard of the wine from all three wineries. I honestly believe bulgarian wine has a bright future and with people like Vasil there is no doubt their passion will help this wonderful wine region get the praise it deserves.

Thank you Vasil it was a perfect day.

[Full-Day Wine Tour from Plovdiv]

Kirsty Boden
United Kingdom

"What an utterly memorable and magnificent wine tour..."

What an utterly memorable and magnificent wine tour at Starosel winery. Vasil, our tour guide, was warm, enthusiastic and hugely knowledgable, which made the day even better. The tour itself was exceptionally organised and the wine was excellent!

Zina and Vasil have created a wonderful tour experience, one that I highly recommend to anyone visiting Plovdiv.

We had such a fantastic day, one that we will always remember.

[Half-Day Wine Tour from Plovdiv]

Robert Christopher
United Kingdom

"Every moment was perfect..."

I would not have thought that a wine tour could be so pleasurable! I went as part of a group of friends for a 5 day tour with an extension visit to the Black Sea. Every moment was perfect, owing to the incredible care and organisation shown by our host Vasil - I can't recommend this company enough!

[Yakata and Western Thrace]

Anne Mackay
United Kingdom

"We learned so much about Bulgaria's rich wine-making traditions..."

Thanks to Zina and Vasil we learned about Bulgaria's rich wine-making traditions, visited two very distinctive and interesting wineries near Plovdiv, spent time with wine makers, and tasted delicious wines - some straight from the barrel! It was a great experience. Highly recommended tour when visiting Bulgaria.

[Half-Day Wine Tour from Plovdiv]

Jessica Simpson
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“Fun tour hosted by Bulgaria Wine Tours”

Really great and fun weekend organised by Bulgaria Wine Tours. My friends and I went to Plovdiv and not only did we receive a tour of the old town, we also spent the day at vineyards and blended our own wine. I loved it. I definitely recommend Bulgaria Wine Tours!

Lindsey Davidson
The Netherlands
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Bulgaria Wine Tours organized a full-day tour of three vineyards south of Plovdiv...

We spent a marvelous day visiting three vineyards south of Plovdiv. The three were all different from each other, but in each we toured the facility and tasted the wines the vineyard produced. Vasil was an excellent guide and is able to arrange a wide variety of tours in the region, In each case, he adds something of interest: he took us to the Red Church, an exquisite ruin of a church well off the main road. We never would have found it on our own.

[One Day Wine Tour from Plovdiv]

Gail Gulliksen

"We all enjoyed the day"

Thank you both. We all enjoyed the day... especially my mum, which made me happy of course 🙂

[Half-Day Wine Tour]

Keith Halstead

“ Their service was professional and efficient...”

 I have just been to Bulgaria with 16 of my customers for a [tailormade] tour which was organised by a local company Bulgaria Wine Tours and we all had a great time.

Bulgaria Wine Tours is run by Vasil and Zina and their website is

They organised an excellent, varied and interesting 4 night/5 day itinerary, and their service was professional and efficient. Vasil and Zina come with my highest recommendation.

Christos Ioannou

"Flawless tour!"

Faultless tour over 5 days. Thoroughly recommend the firm.

[Yakata & Western Thrace Wine Tour]

Pat Ellender

"Amazing tour!"

Such an amazing, interesting and informative day with Vasil on our Bulgarian wine tour!

 [One Day Wine Tour from Plovdiv]

Louise Woolfe
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Fantastic day, wonderful wine!

My partner and I booked a one day tour from Plovdiv around the wineries in the Thracian valley. Vasil was a wonderful guide! The day was well organised and was a perfect balance between drinking, eating, touring the winery sites and facilities and learning more about the re-emerging Bulgarian wine industry. The day was also broken up with a visit to the red church, which was a great way to experience a little bit of the regions history, while sobering up so we could enjoy the wines at the l next stop. Each wine stop along the way was slightly different making the tour all the more interesting. The staff at the wineries were also very knowledgeable and friendly! Unfortunately for us we were weight limited and were only able to buy a few bottles, however we did manage to get half a dozen and have enjoyed a few before going home! The Bulgarian varietals, Rubén and mavrud were fantastic, however we were still able to enjoy some favourites, including Cabernet sauvingnon and Chardonnay. We would love to come back for a longer trip! Hope to see you next time Vasil!

[One Day Wine Tour from Plovdiv]

Elise-Anne Muiir
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A great way to experience Bulgarian wines

I would highly recommend signing up for one of their tours. The guides are very knowledgeable and happy to accommodate any questions or needs. The vineyards included in the tours were personally selected. You would definitely get your money's worth and learn about Bulgarian wines from people who are truly interested and invested in the topic. Not to mention that all wines we tried were great and the vineyards were so diverse that they have something for every taste.

[One Day Wine from Plovdiv]

Raya HM