We depart from Plovdiv at 10 am and head out to the Valley of Roses region just north of Plovdiv. Bulgaria is famous for growing and distilling some of the world’s finest flower essential oils in the world. Bulgaria may be associated with high quality rose oil but also high quality lavender oil is produced in Bulgaria. During July, the lavender fields are blooming and lavender is being harvested.
On the way to a village in the heart of the tiny region just under the Balkan Mountain Range and the Sredna Gora Mountain Range, we enjoy fantastic views of the Balkan Mountain Range, rose and lavender fields, animals grassing and villages that are frozen in time. The scent of lavender lingers in the air as the flowers are carefully picked by hand during the cool morning hours to harvest their aromatic oils.
We arrive at a small, family-owned rose oil distillery where we are met by the English-speaking owners. The distillery will be in full work mode, and we will be lucky enough to experience the lavender oil production happening in real time. The owner will show us around the modest facility that produces rose oil, lavender oil and melissa oil. We will learn everything there is to know about the art of making the laveneder oil.
We continue to a winery in the region to enjoy a tasting of 5 wines and a lunch in the onsite restaurant. The Valley of Roses is particularly famous for aromatic white wines but a diverse portfolio of high quality white and red wines will be available to try while the manager guides us through the list of wines.
With our minds and tummies full, we head back to Plovdiv after a day of discovering the wines and lavender of Bulgaria.
The tour lasts approximately from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, depending on traffic and the pace of the tour.
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