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Villa Melnik with Photo Exhibition “Melnik & Tuscany” During Sofia Breathes 2017

Villa Melnik will participate in the urban culture festival Sofia Breathes 2017 for the second year in a row. The two-day event will take place on August 26th-27th in front of the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. You will find our booth in the Relax Zone! During Sofia Breathes, you will have the chance to try Villa Melnik's Orange Wine, voted Bulgaria's Number 1 Special Wine according to DiVino.bg! Our wines from the series Aplauz, Bergule, and Family Tradition will also be available for sale. For those of you looking to escape the August heat, we will prepare our delicious and refreshing homemade...

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Join Harvest at Villa Melnik Winery

You want to join the harvest season at a Bulgarian winery? You want to get a taste of what it's like to pick the ripe grapes that go into making your favorite wine? You want to immerse yourself in the authentic Melnik winemaking and vinegrowing experience by participating in the most important stage of wine production together with your friends and family? Or you want to go grape picking as part of your corporate teambuilding event in the Struma River Valley? At Villa Melnik Winery,  we are happy to receive all harvest volunteers and grape picking enthusiasts! The harvest season for us...

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...

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