- Tour Plan
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- Good things to know
- English-speaking professional tour guide
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance*
- Traditional lunch
- Personal expenses
- Tips to guide and driver
The wine region immediately surrounding Plovdiv is called the (western) Thracian Valley. The Thracian Valley is the largest wine region in Bulgarian in terms of number of wineries, and has a diverse collection of wineries. There are more than enough wineries in the Plovdiv region to visit making this region in particular a suitable area for wine tourism. We work with multiple, carefully selected vineyards and wine producers in the region. There are more than 20 boutique wineries in an 80-kilometer radius from Plovdiv. It is more than possible to visit a few wineries around Plovdiv in one day and still be back in the late afternoon. Many of the wines produced at the wineries are only available at the winery, in Bulgaria or have very limited distribution. Be sure to take some wines home with you (at attractive cellar-door prices) to share with friends and family. Chances are slim that you can find them back home!
Bulgaria grows both international and native grapes. Interestingly, there are more international grapes planted in Bulgaria than local grapes for historical reasons. The ratio of international to local is roughly 70% to 30% with the plantations of local grapes increasing in recent years.
The local grapes that call the western part of The Thracian Valley home are Mavrud and Rubin.
Mavrud is a very old local variety that has its birthplace at the foot of the Rhodope mountains. Wines made from Mavrud may vary in style. Generally, it has deep dark color, medium tannin, medium acidity and develops wonderfully in contact with oak acquiring a complex aroma, dense taste and medium to full body. Mavrud can be consumed as a single varietal or blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It also marries very well with Rubin – another local grape that is quite a few years younger than Mavrud.
Rubin is a hybrid between Syrah and Nebbiolo, and was created in the 1940s-50s. It was planted in the Plovdiv area but can now be found in a few other areas across Bulgaria. The wines are deep in color. The aroma is intense with berries, spices and herbs on the nose. Rubin can be consumed young or matured. With maturation, the tannins smoothen out, the flavor improves yet the freshness remains.
Rise and shine
10:00 - Pick-up from your accommodation in Plovdiv
18:00 - Drop off at your accommodation in Plovdiv
- We will pick you up from your hotel
- Listed price is for two people / per person.
- You can use your own insurance or we can arrange it for you through our partners.
- 2 pers: 119 Euro per person
- 3-6 pers: 109 Euro per person
- English speaking guide throughout the tour
- Entrance fees in Plovdiv
- 3-course lunch with wine tasting (3 different wines)
- All transportation costs
Price do not include:
- Other meals besides the lunch
- Personal expenses
Good things to know before you go:
- Bring some local currency (BGN) for purchases just in case the winery does not accept card payment
- The minimum number of people per tour is 2. The maximum number of people per tour is 6.
- Transportation is either in comfortable car or 8-seater passenger van (depending on the group size)
- Food allergies or dietary requirements can be accommodated if advised before the tour. Please advise at time of booking.
Clothes:The weather in Plovdiv can get very hot during the summer season. We advise you to bring a sun hat, sun lotion and sunglasses.
Shoes:We advise you to wear comfortable walking shoes as most of the streets in the Old town of Plovdiv are cobbled.
Food:There are many restaurants in Plovdiv, offering both Bulgarian and International cuisine. The most famous place to eat is the Kapana neighborhood or along the main pedestrian street. There are also several fast food options.