Dzhinvira Winery is a small family winery located centrally in the village of Brestovitsa. Its history begins just before the halfvay mark of the last century – in 1940 the great-grandfather of the current owners registered his first company under the name “Loza” (meaning “vine”) – Georgi Jingarov and an initial capital of 1 250 000 BGN. From the very beginning Germany was distinguished as the main trade market for the company. The exports were mostly fresh grapes, marmalade and wine. The owner also invested in the education of his workforce by sending an employee to study in Germany and their local standard in order to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills necessary to maintain the activity of his company. Work grew and business developed up until the moment when the political situation in Europe and in the country changes radically. A dark half-century period of great social and economic upheaval followed as a result of which the entrepreneurial spirit was completely crushed only to be reborn again through the descendants of the family in our modern times.
As a mere 20 year old Pavel Dzhingarov once nursed with ancestral stories by his grandmother returned to his roots. Together with his wife – Reni Dzhingarova, they set about reviving the traditions in viticulture and family entrepreneurship. Naturally the beginning of this venture was full of difficulties. They started with 6.4 decares of an inherited plot and more than 20 years passed until the Dzhingarovi family managed to reach the scale of pre-war times thanks to plenty of hard work and dedication.
Family and family values are at the heart of the winery. Both Pavel and Reni’s children grew up with a love for the craft. Despite her young age their daughter Tanya (now 13 years old) quickly became familiar with the secrets of the craft and for their son Georgi (now 28 years old) it seems as though there are no other paths than that of the wine. With the support of the whole family Georgi directs all his efforts to the development of the wine cellar striving to cover the highest possible standards in the craft.
The cellar produces distinguished white and red wines. THRACIAN RIDER is the first wine created by the winery using the rare for the country “Muscat of Alexandria” variety. The grapes are harvested from the winery’s own vineyards, located on an ancient Thracian land in the vicinity of the village of Brestovitsa. The climate is temperate continental with optimal distribution of precipitation throughout the vegetation period of the vines. Located at the foot of the Rhodopes and in close proximity to the Vacha River the vineyards are ventilated by a year-round air flow favouring the proper development of the vines. In winter the temperature often drops significantly below zero but this does not have a negative impact, thanks to the technology used to grow the vines. These temperature constraints are dealt with by a practice called “staking” – a certain number of sticks from each plant are marked and placed in the ground before the onset of winter and are then covered with soil.
The winery is small and family-run so they welcome tourists by prior reservation only. Contact us if you would like to visit them so we can assist you with the booking.
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