Wine cellar “Magura” is situated in one of the most mysterious and beautiful nooks in Bulgaria between the river Danube, the red sandy rocks of Belogradchik and the natural phenomenon of Cave Magura. The idea behind its establishmednt dates back to 1967. It was born from the needs of the domestic and international market for high-quality wines and champagne. The “Bats” Gallery which is part of the Magurata Cave has been transformed into a place for aging selected wines for decades.
In terms of its soil and climatic conditions, the area around Rabishka Mogila is similar to those of the French region of Champagne, which is why extremely good naturally sparkling wines are produced here using classic technology. The wine is stored and slowly matures in the deep undergrounds of the cave.
Apart from its natural sparkling wine “Magura”, the winery specializes in high-quality red and white wines and rakias (traditional Bulgarian brandy-like beverage).
Wine cellar “Magura” organises wine tastings held in the “Bats” galleries of the Magura Cave providing an unique atmosphere. Deep in the bowels of the cave, under the monotonous sound of the active stalactite, where the bottles of natural sparkling wine mature and the selected wines age, the wine guide tells the history of the winery and organizes a “journey” through the different wine styles represented in the selection of the cellar.
The combination of the unique atmosphere of this place where the spirit of past millennia hovers with myths and legends of ancient times and the pleasure of sipping good Bulgarian wines, becomes an unforgettable experience…
The tasting take place only if you’ve made a reservation three days in advance on: 02 857 00 15, central office and093 29 62 30, winery.
Cave Magura is situated in Northwestern Bulgaria, 17 km from the town of Belogradchik in the limestone Rabishka Mogila or mound (461 m above sea level). It is one of the biggest and most beautiful caves in Bulgaria. It is composed of a main gallery and three side branches. The total length of the exposed galleries is about 2500 m. The cave has some of the richest formations in terms of shape and size – stalactites, stalagmites, stalactons, sinter pockets, cave pearls, “cave milk”. The “Great Stalagton” impresses with its dimensions – a height of over 20 m and a base diameter of 4 m. The “Fallen Pine” is the largest stalagmite in the studied Bulgarian caves with a length of over 11 m and a base diameter of 6 m.
The unique natural phenomenon of Belogradchishki rocks is a rock complex with a length of about 30 km and a width of 6-7 km. The complex stretches from west to east from Mount Vedernik (1124 m) around the town of Belogradchik to the villages of Borovitsa and Belotintsi. The Belogradchik rocks have been sculpted by nature for more than 200 million years. Their reddish hue is due to the content of iron oxide. The ancient Romans built a fortification among the folds of the Belogradchik rocks that was later used by both the Bulgarians and the Ottomans – the Belogradchik fortress. Nowadays the fortress is just as popular with tourists as the cliffs. A mere 100 m from the Belogradchick fortress you will find the Astornomical Observatory of the Institute of Astronomy at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The observatory has 3 telescopes with which the visitors can observe the night sky. They are rock formations of various shapes and sizes, rising to a height of more than 100 m.
The Belogradchik fortress is located 1.5km from the town of Belogradchik among the well known Belogradchishki rocks.
The fortress has been around since Roman time. During 1-3 century B. C. the Romans built roads in the empire’s new provinces on the Balkan Peninsula, as well as fortresses to guard them. A few meters from it there are remains of another fortress – Latinsko kale, which served as an auxiliary fortification.
The Belogradchik fortress is located 1.5 km from the town centre. You can reach it by foot or you can use a vehicle. The road is in good contion and it is suitable for cars. All around Belogradchik and even as you enter the town you will see signs pointing you in the direction of the fortress and the rocks.