Wine cellar ZELANOS is a small boutique winery situated in the village of Slaviantsi in the wine region of Rose Valley. Apart from being famous all over the world for its quality rose oil this region is the kingdom of Misket: a delicate, aromatic, typical Bulgarian variety, with taste notes reminiscent of white flowers, green apple and citrus.
The winery has its own vineyards spreading over 700 decares. Apart from the unique local Misket variety they also grow the classic Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Fran.
The soil in Slaviantsi where the vineyards are is draining and sandy which are the perfect conditions to give elegance to the wines. Underneath the thin top layer there is a thick drainable sand sub-layer that allows water to drain quickly and at the same time ensures sufficient water storage.
Why Zelanos? ZELANOS, also know as Vianis is the patron of the first month in autumn – September, as well as the patron of fun and love. Its meaning in the Thracian language is quite eloquent – ‘desired’. The word “zelas” which the Thracians words used for “wine” is derived from the name of this god .
The wines from the cellar are presented in 2 series – Series Z and Series Zelanos. If you want to really get to know them it’s best to visit the cellar. The view from their balcony is inspiring.
Winery Zelas welcomes tourist but only those with a booking made in advance.
The house is located in the “Klutsohor” district of Sliven. Dimitar Nikolov Assenov, known mostly as Hadji Dimitar, was born there on May 10, 1840. The house is small, one-story, with a wooden porch – the characteristic architectural features of the early Bulgarian revival, as well as a beautifully landscaped yard. The exhibition includes photographs, household items, weapons, an exact reproduction of a Chetnik uniform and a copy of the flag of Stefan Karadzha’s troop. The house offers a guided tour and talk and a kiosk at the entrance sells informational materials and souvenirs. Audio guides in English are also available.
Zheravna is a small village located in eastern Stara Planina. The village of Zheravna has been declared a national architectural reserve since 1964. Its impressive 172 cultural monuments, built during the Renaissance, attract tourists from all over Bulgaria. In the 16th century, Zheravna was a large craft and cultural centre, as a crossing point on the important road to Tarnovgrad. Today some of the houses are museums that anyone can visit, including the houses of Sava Filaretov and Rusi Chorbadji, as well as the beloved Bulgarian author Yordan Yovkov.
Located a mere 7 km from Yambol lies the only large Thracian ancient city preserved in Bulgaria – Ancient Kabile. Kabile arose at the end of the 2nd millennium BC. near a large cult centre on the “Zaichi Vrah” hill. In antiquity, the city was an important economic and cultural centre in Southeast Thrace and Lower Tundzha. The architectural remains of “Kabile” are impressive, with a large part of them preserved and restored. The city is almost completely explored and is easily accessible to tourists.