The Valley of Roses
The Valley of Roses region is located in an area in between the Balkan Mountains and Sredna Gorna Mountains. This position surrounded by mountains keeps this small region protected from extreme temperatures.
The name comes from the fact that this valley is the main rose growing and rose oil production area in the country. The valley is dominated by rose plantations used for production of high-quality rose oil and other products derived from the Damascena rose, which is the type of rose that grows in the Rose Valley.
Rose growing and rose oil production is an old tradition in Bulgaria.
Apart from old traditions of rose cultivation and rose oil production, wine making is also prominent in the Rose Valley and also an old tradition in the region . The soil and climatic conditions in the Rose Valley are ideal for the cultivation of high-quality grapes. The southern slopes of Stara Planina (Balkan) mountain serve as a natural barrier for the cold air coming from the north and, in addition, provide for excellent ventilation in the valley. The soils in the Rose Valley wine region are predominantly brown and cinnamon forest soils and are highly suitable for grape growing.
The grapes grown in this region are primarily white grapes. The region is known for fresh and crisp white wines, excellent rosés and fruit-forward, cooler-climate red wines.