Katarzyna Estate was created on the former border area separating Bulgaria from Greece, in the south-eastern part of the country, in pristine nature, preserved by human activity in recent decades. The climate is moderately continental with a strong Mediterranean influence. An important prerequisite for the favourable development of the vineyards in the region is the distinct air corridor that forms between the Sakar mountain and the Eastern Rhodopes.
The winery owns 7500 decares of its own vineyards in one of the best regions for growing grapes in Bulgaria.
Located just a few hours drive from cosmopolitan Istanbul and the sun-drenched beaches of Greece, Katarzyna Estate successfully combines the pleasure of walking in the vineyards, tasting remarkable wines, as well as visiting the many cultural monuments for which the region is famous. The stunning restaurant attached to the cellar, suitable for holding events of various nature, awaits all guests of the estate.
In 2020 the winery opened “La maison de Katarzyna wine & tapas” in the heart of Sofia where wine lovers can enjoy all their wines, pair them with interesting delicacies and purchase some bottles to take home.
Visits and tastings in the cellar require a booking in advance. If you would like us to help you organize your wine tour, contact us.
If you are already in the region, some of the cellar’s wines can also be bought and tasted at the regional enoteca Sakar wine shop & tasting room in Harmanli!
Perperikon is the largest ancient and sacred city in the Balkans. It is carved from stone, hence its name, which is associated with the Thracian stone god Per. It is located on the Perperikon hill of the same name in the Eastern Rhodopes, 15 km northeast of Kardzhali. In the eternal city are the remains of the sanctuary of the god Dionysius with the famous altar of predictions. It has often been compared to the magnificent Temple of Apollo at Delphi. In the past, the area was a rich source of gold, from which the Perpera gold coins were minted.
The Arda River is the largest right tributary of the Maritsa River and the largest Rhodope river. Despite its distinctly mountainous character, the river has a small average slope – 5.8%, but a relatively large curvature coefficient – “1.9”. Evidence of this is the extremely beautiful bends (meanders) meandering among huge rock masses and domes in the middle course of the river. The most popular meander is located between the villages of Star Chitak and Ribartsi. The place is also called the “Bend” or the “Horseshoe” of the Kardzhali Dam because of the “U”-shaped curve that the water makes. The remaining meanders are located near the village of Madzharovo, the village of Rusalsko and the village of Lyubino.
The museum centre “Thracian Art in the Eastern Rhodopes” is located in the immediate vicinity of the Alexandrov Tomb. A highlight of the exhibition hall of the museum centre is the exact copy of the original tomb of Alexander. Through the replica, visitors are given the opportunity to get acquainted with a truly unique monument of ancient art in Thrace. The rich exposition also shows numerous artefacts from the Thracian period in the region of the city of Haskovo, a large part of which can be seen in the frescoes of the Alexander Tomb – weapons, jewellery, dishes, etc.