When you think of wine, you don’t think of Bulgaria. But this lesser-known wine region produces some excellent wines with a new wave of winemakers. We tasted some stunning wines, from international to local varieties like Mavrud and Rubin. We stayed at Markovo Hotel and Spa outside Plovdiv, the wine capital of Bulgaria and one of the oldest inhabited towns in Europe. We explored Roman ruins, Art Deco buildings, an ancient monastery and the highlight of the trip – a fabulous Food & Wine Festival in the Old Town. We can’t wait to go back.

“Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the Bulgaria tour. Somehow you manage to find treasures in the remoter and largely ‘undiscovered’ wine growing areas of the world. The local guides you chose shepherded our group expertly and were able to answer all manner of wine related technical questions and built on our sketchy knowledge of the country. They were a delightful, attentive couple and nothing seemed too much trouble for them. And we were very pleased to meet up again with familiar faces from previous years.”
Anne Evans