Wine cellar Bendida is a small, family owned winery situated in the village of Brestovitsa, 20 km from Plovdiv.
Brestovitsa is a well known wine village with a high concentration of wine cellars. The two local varieties – Rubin and Mavrud – have found fertile ground here. The village is nestled in the northern foothills of the Western Rhodopes at an altitude of 297 m. The climate is transitionally continental. The most common soils are cinnamon – forest, light brown forest and mountain – meadow.
Bendida is a winery where family plays all the important roles – from production to their presentation infront of the wine enthusiasts.
Since 1936 the winery has adopted their family history in the making of wine and its natural contemporary progression. The first wine was made by Metodi Portev but after 1944 with the change of the political regime in the country the process was halted. Now his grandson, inherent of the winery and his name and passion for wine is restoring the old stone winery, keeping the authentic appearance of the building but with new equipment.
Today father and daughter co-create wines from the local Bulgarian varieties Rubin and Mavrud but also using the international Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc.
The minimal interference in the vinification of these varieties is a philosophy of the winery with some of their series being entirely focused on natural wines. The red wines age in an underground location in French and American barrels.
Emblematic for Bendida is their Ritual wine which is entirely made of the Rubin variety picked by hand upon sunrise and during full moon. Then follows the biodynamic calendar, gravity-fed, hand-bottled during a full moon. The grapes ferment in 3 open barrels after which only one wine is obtained which ages for 20 months in an American oak barrel.
The Portevi family also own Enoteca Bendida and wine bar DeGustoStatio in the creative district Kapana where they often host wine tastings and invite guests from wine cellars all over Bulgaria.
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Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria. It is over 8,000 years old and its past can be traced from prehistory to the present day. Life in the city has not been interrupted, which ranks it among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Ancient monuments have been preserved and conserved, and many cultural events are held in the city.
The Red Church “Sveta Bogoroditsa” or the Red Church is a Christian temple in ruins, functioning from the 4th to the 14th century, located near the town of Perushtitsa. It has been declared a cultural monument of national importance.
It represents in its highest part a central four-conch hall, which in each of the four directions has semi-cylindrical niches covered by a dome.
It is located in the Rhodopе region along the Vacha river on the border between the regions of Plovdiv, Smolyan and Pazardzhik and is part of the Dospat-Vacha cascade. The dam has the highest dam wall in Bulgaria – 144.5m. There are good conditions for tourism along the banks of the dam. The Krichim-Devin road passes alongside the dam which opens up picturesque views of the mountain and the dam.