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
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 on the programme. Here, we will sample the wines and talk about the characteristics of the region. Just 5 minutes away lies the bigger wine estate – Castra Rubra. A representative will give a tour of this impressive winery that boasts cutting edge technology as well as excellent high quality wines. A tasting of five wines followed by lunch. Last on today’s programme is the small but charming Malkata Zvezda [the Little Star]. Wine tasting session with the onsite winemaker. Transfer to the rural guesthouse and organic farm – The Wild Farm – in Gorno Pole village in the Eastern Rhodope region. Family-style dinner in the guesthouse dining hall.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: The Wild Farm – Gorno Pole Village
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. 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 can be organized at The Wild Farm or why not try a local restaurant in a nearby town.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Wild Farm – Gorno Pole Village
After breakfast, visit to the ruins of the ancient Thracian sacred city Perperikon. Transfer to Plovdiv.
Meals included: Breakfast
Included in the price of Sakar and Eastern Rhodopes 3-day wine tour:
✓ Transfer from and to Plovdiv. 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 (Gorno Pole) in shared ensuite doublerooms
✓ Wine tasting at Chateau Kolarovo incl. water and appetizers
✓ Wine tasting at Castra Rubra incl. water and appetizers
✓ Wine tasting at Malkata Zvezda incl. water and appetizers
✓ Wine tasting at Mezek winery
✓ Wine tasting at Katarzyna Estate incl. water and appetizers
✓ Visit to Mezek Thracian tomb
✓ Visit to Perperikon
✓ Lunch & Dinner on Day 1
✓ Lunch on Day 2
✓ Breakfast on all days except for Day 1
✓ Tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
✓ Guided tours of wineries by onsite winemaker
✓ 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
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
- 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.
Payments are made in Euros or Bulgarian Leva.
Bulgaria Wine Tours Ltd.
Bank name: Raiffeisen Bank
Bank address: 1 Knyaginya Mariya Luiza Str., Plovdiv 4000
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 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.
Castra Rubra winery is situated in the village of Kolarovo and is named after the ancient Roman establishment that was used for rest and changing of horses for the Roman postal services. It was also named Castra Rubra (which means The Red Fortress) and was situated along one of the most important roads in the Roman Empire – Via Diagonalis – that connected Rome with Constantinople. Castra Rubra has rightly become one of the most famous Bulgarian wineries because of its unique architecture, technology and, of course, excellent wines. It is also the only Bulgarian winery that the prominent french oenologist Michel Rolland consults. Michel Rolland says that the terroir, the 40+ year old vineyards and the ambitious team at Castra Rubra are all prerequisites for the making of great wines.
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.
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 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.
- 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: email@example.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
- Dinner at The Wild Farm – Gorno Pole on Day 2 can be arranged. Please contact us for prices.
- Single supplement: € 20
Most importantly, we will do anything we can to make the tour a pleasant and memorable experience for you.
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