Price per person: 105 € (valid for a group of 4 people)
Duration: 1 day
Best period: Any time of the year
Trip style: Wine tastings & culture
Guided: by a local professional guide and wine expert
Transport: Transfers by private car
Pick up at 8:30 a.m. from your hotel, and we start our wine trip. Destination: South-East!
Within 1h30 drive we will reach the second largest city in Bulgaria – Plovdiv, one of the oldest centers of European civilization – a contemporary of Troy and Mycenae. Thracians established the settlement around 1200 B.C. In 342 B.C., Philip of Macedonia conquered Thrace and Evmolpia was renamed Philippopolis in his honor. At present Plovdiv is a major cultural center, with a number of sites from the Roman Antiquity and the Ottoman empire, lots of orthodox churches, museums, galleries, boutique shops, clubs, cafes, and restaurants. Plovdiv has been ranked 6th in the “Lonely Planet” list of the hottest destinations in the world to visit in 2015! Our lunch break will be in an outstanding restaurant famous for its exquisite meals or in a cozy wine bar owned by a local family winery where the meals will be specially paired by their distinguished own wines!
After lunch, we are going to visit Winery Villa Yustina** which is located at the edge of the Rodopi Mountains, in the small village of Ustina. This is a distinguished and fast-growing winery, that cultivates vines since 2008 (with emphasis on traditional white varieties, but also untypical for Bulgaria selections, such as Aligoté, Semillon, and Colombard). Villa Yustina became popular with its red masterpiece “Monogram” Mavrud & Rubin, an elegant cuvеe of these two indigenous vines. The energy and enthusiasm of the people working at Villa Yustina provide a stimulating and memorable experience.
Our hosts will present the technological stages of winemaking and together we will walk through the park-vineyard with stunning views of the Rodopi Mts. Guests are more than welcome to participate during the harvest; another unique opportunity is the celebration of Trifon Zarezan (14th of Feb.) – the modern translation of a tradition as old as the legend about Dionysus…
We expect to bring you back to the hotel by 6:00 p.m.
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** There is an option to visit another exciting winery in the Thracian Lowland – the wine region has been ranked in second place among the “10 Best Wine Destinations of 2017” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine!