Yalovo Winery is a small craft wine cellar located at the foot of the Balkan Mountains, 15 km south of Veliko Tarnovo. Inspired by their common love for wine, the visionary Anton Tanev and the oenologist Dimitar Dimov embark on this adventure, with the desire to create wines with a character that expresses the beauty of the region and their common vision for making wine. The wines of Yalovo Winery have the ambition to recall the traditions and the past, combining pure techniques and aesthetics in a craft production!
Yalovo Winery is hosted in a massive stone building of the former school in the village of Yalovo. It was built in the early 20th century, but in the 1950s the school closed its doors and the building was transferred to the Civil Protection. In 2014, the reconstruction of the building and its transformation into a winery began. The main winemaking equipement is located in an building close to the school, and the former classrooms are now barrel area.
Authentic varieties The character of the wine is genetically encoded in the vine and it is best expressed under certain conditions. The aim is to find this connection between the vine and the region – the “terroir”, and in the old, traditional varieties is encoded undoubtedly the most sustainable and original character. The new vineyards are plated with the local Bulgarian varieties Dimyat, Pamid, Gamza, Rubin and Chardonnay. They have plans to revive some forgotten indiginous varieties such as Kokorko, Vinenka, Varnenski Mavrud.
They use pure and simple winemaking thechnics. Wine is like a living organism, that’s why the winemakers in Yalovo apply oenological practices that can express the terroir character and preserve the typical for the variety flavors and taste.
Craftapproach – In the boutique cellar, instead of mechanized production, much more manual labor is used. To get to your table, the wine passes many times through the hands of winemakers and that’s what makes it special!
The winery has a tasting room for induvudual visitors ot for groups of 12-15 people, a bar with openkitchen, some small tables as well as a largelandscapedyard.
If you wish to stay the night you can check in a the winery’s hotel partner located 15km from Veliko Turnovo – Raya Garden Hotel.
Tsarevets is a hill in Veliko Tarnovo, as well as a fortress of the same name in mediaeval Tarnovgrad. It was the main Bulgarian fortress during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1396) when Tarnovo was the capital of the kingdom. The Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of the Lord, one of the sites of the 800-year anniversary of the uprising of Asenovtsi, the liberation from Roman rule and the restoration of the Bulgarian state, was opened for visits in November 1985.
The Dryanovo Monastery “St. Archangel Michael” is an active Bulgarian men’s monastery, 5 kilometres southwest of the town of Dryanovo and 15 kilometres from the town of Gabrovo. The mediaeval monastery “St. Archangel Michael” was founded during the time of Tsar Kaloyan after the relics of Saint Michael the Warrior were transferred from Potuka (an unknown settlement in Thrace) to Tarnovgrad around 1206.
Regional open-air ethnographic museum “Etar” is an open-air museum located in Etara district, 8 km south of the central part of Gabrovo. It is a reconstruction of the traditional Bulgarian way of life, culture and craftsmanship. It is the first museum of its kind in Bulgaria. An artisan bazaar presents 16 examples of Balkan architecture, revealing the original talent of the Renaissance builders.
Wine tasting for two in Yalovo winery
for 2 people
BGN 100 for 2 people
Tasting of 7 wines, 2 of which from their enotheque