Our 2018 Year-End Letter
There is no better time than the Holidays to express our gratitude and wish you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. We want to thank our partners, colleagues and guests for their continued support and partnership. We have continued to grow in 2018 adding more partners, more colleagues and more guests to be thankful for. We hope that 2018 has been just as memorable for every single person that we have worked with and for throughout the year. We look forward to working with and for you in the years to come.
Reflecting on 2018
As another year draws to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on the past 12 months. The most important event that stands out is more personal than business related. On May 12th, the co-founders of Bulgaria Wine Tours got married at one of our close winery partners: Villa Yustina Winery. Attended by over 150 people, the ceremony was beautiful and, of course, focused on wine, love and the love of wine and each other.
Vasil and Zina at Villa Yustina Winery
Our numbers of tour guests continue to increase every year. This year, we hosted groups from new partners in the United Kingdom as well as groups from current partners from Denmark and Sweden, who have started sending groups every year. Our hope for 2019 is to increase our presence and success in markets such as The Netherlands, Scandinavia and the USA.
This year, we were official partners of the Burgas Wine Festival and the Salon du Vin Sofia. We also hosted several travel bloggers, which resulted in some great content. Please check out this amazing video by travel bloggers from New Zealand.
For the third year in a row, we have won an award from Luxury Travel Guide. Bulgaria Wine Tours is proud to be “2019 Wine Tour Operator of the Year” for Bulgaria.
LTG winner logo
We were also lucky enough to win an award for “Wine Tour Company of the Year” from The Travel and Hospitality Awards.
Travel & Hospitality Award Winner of the Year
We hosted a very special guest from the United States of America in 2018. The president of the International Sommelier Guild – Mr. Joseph Miller – spent 9 days touring all five wine regions of Bulgaria and visiting 18 wineries with us in September. Hopefully, his new knowledge and research about Bulgaria and Bulgarian wine will be disseminated to the current and future sommeliers from the International Sommelier Guild.
What’s Happening in 2019?
We are beyond excited about 2019! Why? There is just so much going on.
Firstly, Bulgaria Wine Tours is proud to announce that we will be attending two major conferences in March 2019.
From 6-10 March 2019, we will be attending ITB Berlin, which is one of the leading travel trade shows in the world attended by over 160,000 visitors.
Meet Bulgaria Wine Tours at ITB Berlin 2019
From 17-19 March 2019, we will be attending ProWein – The World’s No. 1 International Trade Fair for Wines & Spirits in Düsseldorf, Germnay. We have been wanting to go for many years, and now we finally get the chance to experience the most important trade fair in the industry and hopefully get to taste many, many wines.
Another major announcement that we are excited about is that we are getting a new website! Check in with www.bulgariawinetours.com in the beginning of January to see our re-vamped website!
As some people might know, Plovdiv is European Capital of Culture of 2019 and it is very exciting to be a Plovdiv-based company during this time. We are expecting many visitors to our town, and we hope that this will translate into many tours and fun wine times. We recently purchased a mini-bus for small groups for day tours, which will make it fun and easy to organize day tours for small groups of friends, family or strangers joining in for a day of fun wine experiences.
Our 8-day guided group tour is scheduled for September 16-23, 2019. This tour offers it all – wine, food, historic sights, cities, quaint villages and scenic beauty. It’s a great vacation!
Lastly, we want to thank everyone for their support and partnership throughout the year. We look forward to many more years of friendship and partnership.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!
Zina & Vasil