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Andrey Andreev’s Blog

Andrey, Maria, and little Anna Andreevi are a family of travel bloggers, photographers, and adventurers! They visited us in May and wrote this lovely article in English, illustrated by stunning photography! Read the full article here and don't forget to subscribe for their blog! [caption id="attachment_20071" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Maria and Anna Andreevi with the Zikatanovi Family. Photograph by Andrey Andreev[/caption]  ...

Bacchus Wine Day

In May, Bacchus Magazine and Wine Cellar Villa Melnik organized a special Wineday for the lovers of wine and gourmet culture! The Zikatanovi family personally welcomed the readers of the magazine and it's staff. Nikola and Luybka Zikatanovi took the guests for a walk through the vineyards and gave a lesson in vinegrowing. Then they talked about the winemaking traditions of the Melnik region and toured the modern gravity-flow winery. Militza held the wine tasting of wines from local grapes. She opened a very special wine: our Aplauz Melnik 55 2010 - the winery's first vintage!   The day ended with a delicious...

Hillary Zio about Villa Melnik

The popular US sommelier, blogger, and author of the bestseller "The Unfiltered Guide to Working in Wine", Hillary Zio,  visited Villa Melnik in April! In her words, Villa Melnik was up there among her favorite wineries and she still can't get the orange wine out of her mind. Read her blog post here. Hillary visited us as part of a ten-person delegation of wine industry professionals from the USA. The trip around the wineries of the Melnik Region was organized by Fine European Wines, a project to promote Bulgarian wines in the States. Read more about the tour and the project here....

Gold for Bergule, Silver for Orange Wine

Villa Melnik received two new medals from Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017 - the United Nations of Wine. GOLD MEDAL for Bergulé Cuvée 2012 and SILVER MEDAL for Orange Wine 2016! These prestigious international awards come only about a month after these wines have received great recognition on the Bulgarian market as well: Bergulé Cuvée won "Best Buy" for best price-to-quality ration, and Orange Wine became "Bulgaria's №1 Special Wine" according to DiVino.bg!   This is not our first medal from Concours Mondial Du Bruxelles. Last year AplauZ Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 won GOLD as well. You will find Bergulé Cuvée and Orange Wine in the specialized stores and the good restaurants in...

A Wine Lover’s Guide To Bulgaria by Culture Trip

Culture Trip, a travel website dedicated to "local inspirations from around the world" has published their Wine Lover's Guide To Bulgaria. Villa Melnik and the Pocket Map of the Melnik Wine Routes are featured in the article, which you can read here! The Culrute Trip has chosen Villa Melnik Winery as a Local Favorite 2016! Thank you for this great recognition! [caption id="attachment_20016" align="alignnone" width="301"] Villa Melnik is a local favorite! Voted by The Culture Trip![/caption]  ...

AplauZ Merlot 2013 Wins Silver at MUNDUS VINI Spring 2017

Villa Melnik AplauZ Merlot 2013 won a SILVER MEDAL at MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2017. The wine is made from carefully double hand-selected grapes. Aged 18 months in Bulgarian oak barrels. The wine has a deep, ruby color. The nose is of dried red fruit, prunes, spices, chocolate. In previous vintages, Villa Melnik AplauZ Merlot 2012 became one of Bulgaria’s  TOP 15 wines for 2015 according to DiVino.bg and also won a Silver Medal at the Balkans International Wine Competition 2016. ...

Orange is #1 SPECIAL WINE, Bergule Cuvee gets BEST BUY

DiVino.bg announced its annual wine awards. Villa Melnik won three prestigious recognitions: Orange Wine 2016 is BULGARIA’s #1 SPECIAL WINE (ranked best among all orange, sparkling, dessert, and specialty wines) and one of Bulgaria’s TOP 20 wines (this highest ranked white whine in the ranking). Aplauz Shiroka Melnik Reserve 2013 is ranked #30 of Bulgaria’s TOP 50 wines for 2016. Bergulé Cuvee 2012 is BEST BUY, as one of the five wines with best price-to-quality ratio on the market. Read the entire ranking here.  ...

Villa Melnik in WINE BEHIND THE LABEL, World’s Best Wine Guidebook

  Villa Melnik Winery is now featured in the 10th edition of Wine Behind the Label, the award-winning guide to the world’s leading wine producers and their wines! We are incredibly honored and proud to be part of this publication! It is a testimony of our team’s hard and consistent work through the years. We would like to express our gratitude to the authors Neville Blech and David Moore, who have independently and honestly assessed our wines. You can order the printed copy of the book or get the digital version via the official website  www.winebehindthelabel.org . Enjoy your reading journey through the...

Villa Melnik Orange Wine Ranked TOP 20 Bulgarian wine

Villa Melnik Orange Wine 2016 was ranked one of Bulgaria’s TOP 20 wines for 2016 according to the prestigious specialized wine and gourmet magazine DiVino. See the ranking here.  [caption id="attachment_19929" align="alignleft" width="414"] Villa Melnik Orange Wine 2016 from Sauvignon Blanc ranks in Top 20 Bulgarian Wines according to DiVino[/caption] ORANGE WINE is a white wine, made by the technology for red wines. We used 100% Sauvignon Banc, grown with great care in our own vineyards near Harsovo Village, Melnik Region. The wine fermented in contact with the grape skin and stayed on the fine lees for several weeks.   From the skin contact,...

Trifon Zarezan at Villa Melnik

Wine Cellar Villa Melnik invites you to join us for the celebration of St. Trifon Zarezan – guardian of vine growers and winemakers on 11.02.2017 (Saturday)! The celebration includes: • Pruning of the vines ritual – starts at 10:30 • Everybody is welcome to try their hand at pruning – our experienced vine growers will teach you how (we provide the shears) • Tours of the winery - learn more about the winemaking process and the history of wine in the Melnik region • Taste our newest wines and get special promotions on the day • Farmer’s market with local produce • Traditional folklore dancing and singing...

Sofia breathes… with Villa Melnik!

Villa Melnik is taking part in the Sofia Breathes festival for the first time. “Sofia Breathes” is a festival of city culture in Sofia that is taking place during the 4 Sundays of August. Each Sunday the event takes place on a different street and is divided in the following zones: art zone, kids’ zone, sports zone, bazaar and relax zone. We are welcoming you on the 21st and 28th of August in the relax zone. Enjoy a glass of refreshing sangria or take a bottle of our delicious wine. Take part in our photo challenge for the chance to win a...

July Morning – Vineyards Edition

Villa Melnik invites you to celebrate together the rising of the summer sun above the vineyards on July 1st! Where: the hill above the winery with gorgeous 360-degree panoramic view of the sunrise and the vineyards. Start: June 30th, whenever you arrive.. We will provide: • The Wine! • Space to put up your tents • Place to light a campfire • Bathroom and showers You must bring: • Your good mood! If you wish, also bring: • Your tents and/or sleeping bags • Warm clothes (might get chilly at night), summer clothes (will get hot in the day) • Guitars, accordions, harmonicas, bagpipes, drums - whatever your talents • Food provisions • Flashlight for...

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