This region will amaze you not only with its breathtaking views of both the fields full of roses and the imposing hills of the Balkan (Stara Planina) mountain, but also with its fantastic wines. Not only native varieties such as the red grape Cherven Misket are grown in this region, but also international varieties such as Merlot or Chardonnay. If you are looking for an unique and memorable wine tasting experience, then the Rose Valley will offer you that and more!
The Rose Valley wine region starts at the foot of the Sredna Gora (Middle Forest) mountain and ends when it reaches the sub-Balkan region. Here, you will find a lot of options to taste amazing wines. But, without a doubt, a Rose Valley winery you cannot miss is the Rumelia Winery.
The Rose Valley is located in a region surrounded by mountains with the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina) to the north, preventing the cold air from settling in the valley. This prevents the vineyards from being affected by extreme temperatures and allows the wines produced in the region to be of excellent quality. In addition, the Balkan Mountains provide the valley with excellent ventilation.
On the other hand, this region is dominated by brown and cinnamon forest soils, which offer ideal conditions for growing grapes. These soils are generally highly fertile. They contain a rich organic matter content, which provides essential nutrients for grapevine growth and development. These soils are typically well-balanced in terms of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are vital for healthy grapevine growth and fruit production. The soils also offer good drainage which makes them disease resistant to certain grapevine diseases, such as phylloxera, a devastating pest that affects vine roots. The loose structure and adequate drainage of these soils make it more challenging for phylloxera to infest and damage the root systems of grapevines.
Bulgaria is a very small country. You can drive across the country in as little as 6 hours. As such, the wine regions do not have their own Sustainability programs but rather work at the national level. In general, the sustainability programs in Bulgaria focus on various aspects such as vineyard management, winemaking processes, energy usage, water conservation, waste management, and social responsibility. Some of the common sustainability practices implemented by wineries and wine regions include:
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Red Misket, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Muscat, Traminer
The Rose Valley wine region stands out especially for its excellent quality dry white wines, which will surely surprise you thanks to their freshness and aromatic profile. In particular, one of the wines we recommend you to try is Red Misket. Fun fact: despite its name, this variety is not red, but rather white with pinkish skin.
Dry white wines produced with this variety not only stand out for their level of natural acidity, which will make them feel very refreshing on the palate, but also for being very balanced wines with an aroma profile in which floral notes of rose petals or violets stand out.
The Rose Valley wine region in Bulgaria, also known as the Valley of Roses, has a fascinating history closely tied to the cultivation of roses and the production of rose oil. Here's an overview of its historical significance:
Today, the Rose Valley is renowned for its dual identity as a region of rose cultivation and wine production. Bulgaria is the biggest producer and exporter of rose oil, an essential ingredient in the cosmetics industry. The annual Rose Festival held in Kazanlak, a town in the Rose Valley, celebrates the region's rich history and cultural significance, drawing visitors from around the world to experience the beauty and aroma of the rose fields. The Rose Valley continues to be a cherished symbol of Bulgarian heritage and a significant contributor to the country's rose oil and wine industries.