Tipchenitza Winery is located in the picturesque village of Tipchenitsa in the hilly Northwest of Bulgaria. The boutique winery is located 54 km from Sofia and 30 km southeast of Vratsa. The region is known for its traditions in producing quality wine and is gradually establishing itself as one of the most interesting wine regions with characteristic local terroir wines. The altitude in the area is about 500 m, and the terrain is hilly. An interesting fact is that at the beginning of the last century up until the 1930s the village was a large and sought-after producer of vine planting material. Rooted vines were directly taken from here as well as soil for their planting.
The soil along with the favourable climate and the masterful skills of the winemakers are evident in every sip of the wine. Specialising in the production of a diverse boutique series of high quality wines, they use grapes both from their own vineyards (28 ha) planted on the hills above the village and only a few kilometres from the winery, and also from selected varieties from the North West region. In their own vineyards they grow Vrachanski Misket, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rubin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The white varieties ripen towards the middle of September and the red varieties do so from October onwards. The vineyards are not treated with herbicides and the grapes are harvested in cassettes.
Since 2018, Tipchenitsa has a new chief technologist and executive director – Nadia Mineva. She is a certified biotechnologist majoring in winemaking with experience in other wineries. She carried out her specialising in Montpellier, France. The region and the concept of producing quality wines in short series with expression of the variety and terroir impressed her and she accepted the invitation of Velin Djijev (manager and owner) to become part of their team.
Currently, the winery has three series of wines:
Vratitza – varietal wines from organically grown grapes from the winery’s own vineyards, just a few kilometers from the cellar. In this series you will find wine from the unique local variety Vrachanski Misket as well as wine from the characteristic Bulgarian variety Rubin.
Tochka – wines from different varieties from their own vineyards or from selected vineyards from the Northwest region, selected by the cellar’s technologists. In this series you can find various varietal wines and blends such as Chardonnay and Colombard, Vrachanski Misket, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rubin and Merlot.
Oak Barrel – the wines of this series are produced from organically grown grapes in their own vineyards on the hills above the village of Tipchenitsa and are aged in oak barrels. The first wines of the series are from the 2018 vintage and they are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The winery also has its own store “Garafa” at 18 Shishman St. in Sofia where you can taste their wines and get to know the story behind each one of them.
The wine cellar has recently been opened to tourists along with a beautiful and spacious tasting room and a shop for their convenience. Visitors can learn about the winery’s production by walking through the winery and get to know their wines served with local appetisers in their tasting room.
Ledenika Cave is famous for its amazing blue-white waterfalls and diamond swords. It is located in the area of Ledenishki Valog in Stara Planina, 19 km from Vratsa. Get ready for an exciting ice experience in the 300m long cave. The cave is divided into several large halls, where you will be greeted by the images of the Mother-in-law’s Tongue, the Bathing Maiden, the Giant’s Woman and Baba Yaga’s House.
The Cherepish Monastery “The assumption of Virgin Mary” is an active men’s monastery located 29 km southeast of Vratsa on the very bank of the Iskar River. The monastery was built during the reign of Tsar Ivan Shishman (ruled 1371-1395). In the holy cloister a corner was created for the poet Ivan Vazov (1850-1921), who was inspired by this place for many of his works.
Ritlite is a natural landmark located on the left bank of the Iskar River above the village of Lyutibrod. It represents four almost parallel vertical rock walls, 200m long, and a railway line passes under them. They have been included in the register of protected territories and protected zones of Bulgaria since 1938 and fall within the territory of the “Vrachanski Balkan” nature park.
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Wine tasting of local varieties in Tipchenitza
Tasting for two people
Tasting of 5 wines from Vrachanski Misket and Rubin
Appetizers from local producers, breadsticks and water
Two bottles of wine of choice - one from each series Tochka and Oak Barrel