Bogdaya Vineyard Estate is a new family winery that founds its home and land for its vineyards in the village of Smochevo located at the foothills of the Rila Mountain in the valley of Struma. That is one of the highest terroirs in Bulgaria – vineyards of around 10 hectares planted in 2017 at an altitude of 600m above sea level. The climate has a bright Mediterranean influence and a specific semi-mountainous character. The main focus is on the white varieties – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Tamyanka for the development of which the region provides very good prerequisites. They are accompanied by the majestic Pinot Noir which finds an exciting and challenging habitat in the skirts of Rila—the results – are fine and fresh aromatic white and rosé wines and more elegant reds. The concept of the winery is the production of pure varietal wines vinified entirely from their vineyards. Engineer Maria Stoeva is the person behind Bogdaya’s wines. The winery was registered in 2020 with the first official harvest in 2021 and has a tasting room for up to 10-12 people. Their wine-tasting packages will be soon available in our online shop for wine experiences. Bogdaya Sauvignon Blanc Tsvetnitsa Vineyard
Bogdaya Chardonnay Tsvetnitsa Vineyard
Bogdaya Tamianka Tsvetnitsa Vineyard
Bogdaya Rose Pinot Noir Tsvetnitsa Vineyard
Viognier Barrel Fermented
Pinot Noir Barrel Aged
Clairet Pinot Noir
The Rila Monastery is one of the most significant cultural monuments in Bulgaria, a symbol of the country, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is located in Southwest Bulgaria, Kyustendil district, Rila municipality. It was founded in the 10th century by St. John the Rila Miracle Worker in the upper reaches of the Rila River.
The Stob pyramids are one of the most popular rock pyramids in Bulgaria among tourists. They are located above the village of Stob in the western part of the Rila mountain. The average height of the pyramids is between 7 and 10 metres, some individual pyramids reach a height of 12 metres. The Stob pyramids are of various shapes but most are conical and end with a stone cap, resembling mushrooms.
Blagoevgrad is located in the Struma valley at 360 m above sea level in the smaller Blagoevgrad valley between the Rila and Vlahina mountains and is in close proximity to the Pirin mountain. It is the largest city in Southwestern Bulgaria and is an administrative, economical, cultural and educational centre, attracting a number of students through its Southwestern University “Neofite Rilski”. In the city you can visit the Varosha Ethnographic Complex, the Regional Historical Museum – Blagoevgrad, the Church of the Introduction of the Virgin Mary and many other sites.