Sakar and Eastern Rhodopes 3-Day Wine Tour

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  • Katarzyna Estate
  • Vineyards in Eastern Rhodope
  • Malkata Zvezda - Eastern Rhodope
  • Mezek winery

This tour takes you to a wine region that numerous wine specialists believe is the region that can make Bulgarian wine famous worldwide. Some even call the Eastern Rhodopes and Sakar wine region – the Bulgarian Napa Valley because of the landscape dominated by vineyards and the multiple wineries situated close to each other. On this tour, you will go deep into the south of Bulgaria reaching the border to Greece. Here in the Sakar and Eastern Rhodopes Wine Region, there are a number of intriguing wineries. First, you get to visit the small wine village of Kolarovo and visit two wineries: Malkata Zvezda and Chateau Kolarovo.  Not too far away, the brand new and modern winery Zaara Estate invites us inside for a tour of the new winery and lunch in the onsite restaurant. On your second day, a visit to the southeastern village of Mezek where two very different wineries awaits you – Mezek Winery and Katarzyna Estate.  The cultural highlight of the day is the Mezek Thracian Tomb. The tour ends with a visit to the Perperikon ruins – an ancient Thracian sacred town and sanctuary. Experience the rich cultural heritage and pristine nature of the Eastern Rhodopes and Sakar mountains – the region with the highest number of endangered bird species in Europe. This tour provides a mix of emotions and experiences but in the end will create lasting memories of Bulgaria’s re-emerging wine regions.

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Sakar and Eastern Rhodopes 3-Day Wine Tour

The tour is also available from Sofia. Contact us for more information and details if you would like to depart from Sofia

Day 1.

The tour starts from the ancient town of Plovdiv – Bulgaria’s second largest and Europe’s oldest town. At 9 am, we drive from Plovdiv to the village of Kolarovo – the heart of the Sakar wine country. Chateau Kolarovo is the first winery of the day. The enthusiastic winemaker will welcome us inside the boutique winery ato sample the wines and talk about the characteristics of the region. Next is the new and modern Zaara Estate, where we will tour the brand new winery, taste their wines and enjoy lunch in the onsite restaurant. The last winery that we visit today is the small but charming Malkata Zvezda [the Little Star]. Here, we enjoy a wine tasting session with the winemaker. Return to the guesthouse, where a homemade meal is served in the dining hall.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: The Wild Farm – Gorno Pole Village

Day 2.

After breakfast, we drive to the village of Mezek located at the foot of the Eastern Rhodopes and not too far from the border of Greece and Bulgaria. Visit the small family winery – the Mezek winery. Showaround by owner and sampling of wines. Next, a visit to the nearby Thracian Tomb of Mezek and then it is time for lunch. Short transfer to the modern winery – Katarzyna Estate – where a different winery experience awaits. Here, we will experience a walk-through of this beautiful estate located very close to the Greek border and taste the very special wines produced here. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic scenery and take a stroll in the gardens. Transfer back to The Wild Farm. Dinner at the rural guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: The Wild Farm – Gorno Pole Village

Day 3.

After breakfast, we check-out of the guesthouse and say goodbye to the family that have hosted us. Visit to the ruins of the ancient Thracian sacred city of Perperikon. Transfer to Sofia (3h). Possibility to stop for lunch enroute. Drop-off at Sofia Airport or any address in Sofia.

Meals included: Breakfast

Included in the price of Sakar and Eastern Rhodopes 3-day wine tour:
✓ Transfer from Plovdiv and to Sofia. Pick-up/drop-off point to be advised.
✓ All ground transportation with a minivan/car included in the tour’s itinerary
✓ 2 nights at The Wild Farm Guesthouse (Gorno Pole) in shared ensuite doublerooms
✓ Wine tasting at Chateau Kolarovo incl. water and appetizers
✓ Wine tasting at Zaara Estate incl. water
✓ Wine tasting at Malkata Zvezda incl. water
✓ Wine tasting at Mezek winery incl. water
✓ Wine tasting at Katarzyna Estate incl. water and appetizers
✓ Visit to Mezek Thracian tomb
✓ Visit to Perperikon Thracian Sancturary
✓ Meals as per itinerary
✓ Breakfast on all days except for Day 1
✓ English Speaking Private Tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
✓ Guided tours of wineries
✓ Tour operator insurance from Groupama Insurance in case of non-provision of services

Not included in the tour price:

  • Flight tickets
  • Private transfers
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the tour description
  • Travel and medical insurance (please, consult your insurance provider)
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Extras and incidentals
  • Tips

Price of the tour: 

  • 2 – 3 persons – € 440 per person (*)(**)
  • 4 – 8 persons –  € 310 per person (*)(**)
  • 8 + persons – € 230 per person (*)(**)

* The BGN/EUR exchange rate is fixed at  1 EUR = 1.95583 BGN (http://www.bnb.bg/?toLang=_EN)

** Price per person is based on double occupancy e.g. two persons sharing a room

Payment:

  • A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total tour cost is required to be paid within 7 days of the invoice issue date unless otherwise agreed with the Company.
  • The balance of the amount due to the Company must be paid no later than 45 days before departure unless otherwise agreed with the Company.
  • In the event that the Client makes a booking within 45 days of departure of the tour, the full tour price must be paid up-front.

Payment method:

Payments are made in Euros or Bulgarian Leva.

  • Bank transfer to:

Bulgaria Wine Tours Ltd.

Bank name: Raiffeisen Bank

Bank address: 1 Knyaginya Mariya Luiza Str., Plovdiv 4000

BIC: RZBBBGSF

IBAN: BG09RZBB91551005461558

We will provide confirmation once the payment is received

We accept credit/debit card payment. Information will be provided along with your booking.

During Sakar and Eastern Rhodopes 3-day wine tour we will visit the following wineries:

Chateau Kolarovo

Chateau Kolarovo was established in 2009 by Stoyan Stoyanov. Originally from Stara Zagora, his family heritage brought him to the area and urged him to produce wine. As the name suggests Chateau Kolarovo is located in the village of Kolarovo in the southern Sakar mountains. The village of Kolarovo has about nine permanent inhabitants; however, there are four wineries in the village. This fact hints towards the fact that the area is highly suitable for viticulture. Chateau Kolarovo does not dazzle with appearance – the building where the winery is at present used to be an old cheese-manufacturing facility. It is quite possible that you might pass by Chateau Kolarovo without realizing that this is the actual winery. However, once you try the wine that is being produced here, it will certainly leave an impression on you and you will be coming back for more.

Zaara Estate

Zaara Estate is a brand new winery, hotel, spa and restaurant located in the midst of pure wild nature. Nestled at the foot of the Sakar mountain, the winery is the newest star in the Sakar region.  The facilities at Zaara Estate are top notch. The winemaker passionately presents the predominately red wines from their DOGMA series and the restaurant chef prepares sublime food to go with the wine. Striving for high quality in their wines, food and service, the team at Zaara Estate pamper their customers. At Zaara Estate, you can breath in fresh countryside air and take a break from hectic everyday life. Indulge in a little luxury and pampering.

Malkata Zvezda

Malkata Zvezda [The Little Star] stands at the crossroad of four ancient Roman roads, including the most important one – Via Diagonalis. Hence, the name comes from the star-like shape of the place where these roads meet. Because of this strategic location, this area was a “duty free” area in Roman times where the main commodity sold was wine. Malkata Zvezda exploits the best of their 30+ year old vineyards and produces remarkable red wines. These wines have also become popular in the sacred Mount Athos (Greece), where Malkata Zvezda annually sends shipments of their special brand “Sveta Gora” dedicated to the Bulgarian monastery in Athos. The team at Malkata Zvezda boldly experiments with the local varieties Mavrud and Pamid and its little star is shining ever brighter on the Bulgarian wine horizon.

Mezek winery

The story of the Mezek winery sounds like a fairy tale. The winery is the creation of the graphic designer by profession and winemaker by heart – Sasho Karapeev. After years spent in the hustle of city life, Sasho decided to return to Mezek village to take over an estate he inherited. Thus, with the help of his own hands and artistic talent, little by little Sasho built the different buildings of his winery – the wine cellar is constructed in Thracian style purely from stone and wood and no cement or iron used and the decorations of the buildings were done by Sasho himself. Mezek winery does not have its own vineyards but buys the best quality grapes from the vine-growers nearby. In addition, everything in the wine-to-bottle process is done by hand and using traditional methods. Sasho Karapeev and Mezek winery prove that if you put your heart into something, then results will inevitably follow. Now, Sasho sells the few thousand bottles he makes every year straight from the winery’s door and has turned his little estate into a small wine museum. Mezek winery will surprise you and even baffle you at first. However, you will surely leave enchanted by the atmosphere and certain that wine is indeed a divine drink.

Katarzyna Estate

Katarzyna Estate is yet another proof that the Eastern Rhodopes and Sakar wine region has the potential to make Bulgarian wine famous worldwide. If you miss the turn to the neat iron gate on the side of the road, you will end up at the border with Greece. Katarzyna Estate is located in the southernmost tip of the Eastern Rhodopes that roll over to Greece from here. The vineyards that surround the winery are located on plots of lands with various soil types and enjoy the highest number of sunshine hours in Bulgaria. In addition, the architecture, equipment and artistic elements of the winery itself are a testimonial to the meticulous work put into Katarzyna Estate. However, it is the wine and the stories behind it that leave the most lasting impressions here. Each label and each name has a fascinating story like the one of Katarzyna’s most successful brand – Question mark. It was the first wine to participate in a wine competition and the Katarzyna team did not expect much. They did not even have a name for the wine yet, so they just put a question mark instead of a name on the identifying label. Surely, the wine won the gold medal and the name (and label) remained. If you are still asking how good Bulgarian wine could be, then maybe Katarzyna Estate has the answers for you.

  • Transport time between Plovdiv and The Wild Farm is about 2 hours. The transfer time between Perperikon to Sofia is about 3 hours.
  • In general, EU citizens do not require visas to travel to Bulgaria. Citizens of some other countries also do not need visas to travel to Bulgaria. For visa requirements to enter Bulgaria, please consult the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at: http://www.mfa.bg/en/pages/109/index.html or the respective institutions in your country of residence.
  • The tour does not require any special medical condition or fitness level. The tour does not involve intensive walking, hiking, or other physical effort apart from the normal efforts for sightseeing.
  • You are encouraged to purchase travel and medical insurance at your own judgement.
  • For any questions, please contact us at: +359 888 487 113 or email: info@bulgariawinetours.com or contact us through the Facebook page – Bulgaria Wine Tours.

Additional services or surcharges

  • Please contact us for prices and further information on private transfers from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv
  • Extra nights in Plovdiv can be arranged. Please contact us for prices and further information
  • Single supplement: € 25

Most importantly, we will do anything we can to make the tour a pleasant and memorable experience for you.

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Why Choose Us

✓ Because we are the original tour operator in Bulgaria specializing in wine tours.

✓ Because we have visited each and every winery, hotel and place we offer on this tour in order to ensure the highest possible quality of the offered services.

✓ Because we work closely with the wineries and the hotels offered on this tour and we are flexible to accommodate your wishes.

✓ Because we have made academic research on the potential of wine tourism in Bulgaria: https://lup.lub.lu.se/student-papers/search/publication/4091904.

✓ Because we are promoting alternative tourism and helping the development of rural regions in Bulgaria.

✓ Because you will be supporting a young start-up.

✓ Because we will make sure you have fun and enjoy the tour!

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