Wine Lovers Weekend in Plovdiv: The Top Five Places To Visit

Written by on October 25, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments
From left to right: John, Ivanka and Lance, during the wine tasting at Dragomir.

From left to right: John, Ivanka and Lance, during the wine tasting at Dragomir.

By Lancelot Nelson

Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture 2019, is my favourite city in Bulgaria. So John, a friend from the UK, and a regular Bansko visitor, came to visit me the other weekend. Now was the time for me to show-off the delights of what Plovdiv has to offer to a fellow wine lover.

Plovdiv is a two-hour-drive from Sofia and nearly a three-hour-journey from Bansko, the latter being a scenic ride through the spectacular mountain scenery.

Plovdiv is, in my opinion, not only a fun city to visit if you’re in Bulgaria, but it makes a welcome variation if you’re after a long weekend break. By combining your trip with Sofia you have a twin-city break. Both cities offer something different, almost exotic, if you’re familiar with the well worn paths around Paris, Rome, Madrid, Budapest, London etc..

1. Vinopolis

Maryan’s white cuvée. A memorable start to the weekend.

It was midday. Time to visit Vinopolis. This wine bar was introduced to me by Zina Sorensen. Zina runs wine tours and was a popular guest on my podcast series.

But I’m with Gergana Todorova, Vinopolis’s owner. She is a delightful host. The women in wine are doing great work. Gergana is knowledgeable and passionate about wine. Like Zina, she also runs wine tours. I had already visited Vinopolis for Zina’s birthday party and it was then that I took home a wine I thought was rather special — namely a bottle of the limited edition Maryan Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. It has spent some time in oak barrels, gave us a nice complex wine to appreciate whilst we were still fresh.

Gergana served up a plate of tasty bites and tapas. John, Ivanka, Vanya and our baby Tony were ready to move on to venue number two.

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