The Winery

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Villa Melnik Winery Ltd. – The wines to remember
Villa Melnik Winery Ltd. is a family-owned company that continues a tradition of vine-growing and wine-producing with over two centuries of documented history. Our vineyards are situated in two locations in the most famous winemaking region in Bulgaria, the town of Melnik, which is known worldwide and is present in all world encyclopedias of wine. One of the vineyards, of some 20 hectars (50 acres), is in the location MINDALO of the village of Vinogradi, about four to five kilometers south from Melnik, on the hills along the left bank of the Melnishka river. Located within a kilometer, the other vineyard has an area of 10 hectars (25 acres) and is situated
in the location Beli Breg of Harsovo village, which is well-known among wine lovers and whose name is registered as a controlled appellation of origin. In the spring of 2004, Villa Melnik planted the first high quality vines of the best domestic and foreign varieties: Broad Leaved Melnik Vine, Early Melnik Vine (Melnik 55), four of the best clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, also four clones of Merlot, Syrah, and one of the oldest Thracian varieties, Mavrud. The 3 hectars (7.4 acres) planted with Mavrud are currently the only industrial plantation of this sort in the area. Over the next three years, we added more red varieties to the vineyards: the relatively new Bulgarian variety Rouen, a second clone of Syrah, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese. We also planted three white varieties: the classic Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the increasingly popular variety Viognier, in order to be able to ensure and guarantee quality wine for all seasons and tastes. Vintage 2009 gave superb grapes, which turned into wonderful wines under the brand VILA MELNIK SELECTED 2009, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for six months in oak barrels, and FAMILY SELECTION – a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot with dominant fruity aromas. The newly launched MELENIK brand offers red and white wines with a good balance between high quality and affordability. Three-liter boxes of the varietal wines Broad Leaved Melnik Vine, Early Melnik Vine (Melnik 55) under the name MELNIK FROM SELECTED GRAPES, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, and a blend of two local varieties: Broad Leaved Melnik Vine and Melnik 55 named MELNIK LEGEND, as well as with the white wines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonney, and the blend TAMIANKA were also released on the market. Packages of 5 or 10 liters were produced specifically for restaurants. The wines of vitage 2010 brought us the first awards. KOS Sandanski Ltd, where our wines are being produced, presented four of our wines to the international competition VINARIA 2011 in Plovdiv, and each one of them was awarded a medal – two gold medals – for “Syrah for Villa Melnik” and for “Syrah and Merlot”, plus two bronze medals – for “Merlot” and for “Rose from Merlot & Syrah”. The best barrels of those wines, after ageing for 9 months were bottled under the brand name AplauZ. In the fall of 2011 we started the construction of a small modern winery with a capacity of about 250 tons of grapes for high-quality wines. The new winery
is adjacent to the vineyard in the location Beli Breg near Harsovo village.