In the warmest Bulgarian south region, among the hills and the Aegean wind, blowing through the “sacred” triangle of the Rupel Gorge, are located the vineyards of Rupel winery. The soil characteristics and climatic features in the area of the village of Dolno Spanchevo, Petrich municipality, in combination with work, dedication and experience, as well as with the attraction of proven agronomists, technologists and oenologists, are favorable for the emerging trend in high quality wines.
The beginning of the winery was set in 2005, when the first vineyards were planted. The choice of varieties pays attention to the taste of the region, the Southwest and the dominance of “Melnik 55”, as well as the appropriate terroir for red varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marcelan, Sangiovese, Nebiolo, Tamianka. Nowadays they have 26 ha of own vineyrads. Another 3 ha with red varieties Melnishki Rubin and Pinot Noir and 2 ha with the white ones Sandanski Misket, Vermentino and Vionier are to be planted.
Rupel Wine Cellar is open to fans of wine tourism. Its convenient location on the panoramic road at the foot of the Pirin and Slavyanka mountains make the winery an obligatory stop for everyone going east of the Struma Valley. A walk through the vineyards reveals amazing views. The fans of mountain biking will be surprised by exciting routes. Wine tastings can take place in the winery itself, where there is a functioning shop, as well as in a small chateau with a hall with 40 seats or in the gazebo in the vineyards.
Melnik is the smallest city in Bulgaria. It is located in the southwestern foothills of Pirin Mountain. Thanks to its cultural and architectural landmarks, it has been declared a city-museum and is part of the UNESCO heritage.
Rozhen Monastery is a medieval monastery, the largest in Pirin Macedonia. The monastery gave its name to the neighboring village of Rozhen, a few kilometers northeast of the town of Melnik. It is remarkable for its history and beautiful architecture.