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Harmanli, Bulgaria
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If you love wine, then you’ve come to the right place! The Sakar wine region, known for its long dry summers and leached granite soils, and it’s quickly becoming synonymous with some of the best red wines in the country. Apart from its beautiful nature, the region is also attractive for its special mystery. One of the ancient civilizations of the world, that of the Thracians, has left vivid traces of itself here through numerous cult sanctuaries, tombs and dolmens. In the immediate vicinity are the remains of the ancient fortress of “Castra Rubra”, which stood on this site 15 centuries ago and from there passed the ancient Via Diagonalis, connecting Europe with the Orient. The wine has accompanied the ancient Thracians throughout their lives. With wine they celebrated the soil of the newborn, and with wine they sent the deceased to nothing. It was food for the poor man, a pleasure for the rich and medicine for everyone. Even the slave was not deprived of it.

South Sakar is mostly known for the traditional varieties of red wines – Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, but for several years some wineries in the region have been successfully vinifying from their own plantations wines of red varieties atypical for Bulgaria – Marselan, Malbec, Petit Verdot. The vinification of the white varieties planted a few years ago – the typical French varieties from the Rhône- Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier, as well as the cultivation and vinification of the Bulgarian varieties Tamyanka and Pamid – has also yielded quite good results.
Between Harmanli and Topolovgrad lies the so-called Kolarovski vineyard. Created in the 70s by the Austrian prof. Moser, who after long research, chose the place as the most suitable place in Bulgaria for growing the Merlot variety, and in 1977 the planting of the array in the village began and by 1980 its size exceeded more than 7000 acres. An interesting fact about the area is that for many years it was a border zone and there is no industry of any kind polluting the environment, which creates excellent conditions for growing extremely high quality grapes and creating organic wines. All this leads oenologists to believe that this particular region could gain worldwide recognition and become an emblem for Bulgarian wine production.

Today the region is attracting young, passionate vinters back to the land to nurture both well-known global grape varieties and those inextricably linked to the area’s past.


  • Sakar wines tastings
  • Historical sites visits


  • Hotel
  • Private transport
  • Private guide
  • Wine tastings
  • Meals
  • Insurance


Begin your wine adventure in Sofia with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant known for its fusion of traditional Bulgarian flavors with modern twists. After dinner, settle in for a restful overnight stay in a luxurious 4-star hotel, where you can unwind and prepare for the exciting days ahead.

Wake up to a hearty breakfast before embarking on a journey to Plovdiv, one of Europe's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Upon arrival, delve into the city's rich history with a guided tour, exploring its ancient ruins, charming Old Town, and vibrant cultural scene. After the tour, check into Hotel Visualiza, a boutique hotel renowned for its elegant ambiance and top-notch service. In the evening, treat your taste buds to a memorable wine-tasting dinner, where you'll sample a selection of local wines paired with delicious Bulgarian cuisine.

Today, set off to explore the renowned Sakar wine region, known for its unique terroir and exceptional wines. Visit two prestigious wineries, where you'll have the opportunity to tour the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and, of course, indulge in plenty of wine tasting. In the afternoon, check into Zaara Estate, a charming countryside retreat nestled amidst picturesque vineyards. Enjoy a leisurely tasting session followed by a sumptuous dinner featuring traditional Bulgarian dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. For those seeking the ultimate luxury experience, upgrade to the Katarzyna Estate, where you'll be treated to an exclusive tasting and dinner showcasing the finest wines and culinary delights.

Before departing for Sofia, make a final stop at Zagreus Winery for one last tasting session and a light lunch, allowing you to savor the flavors of the region before bidding farewell to Sakar





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