This summer I was lucky enough to spend two weeks touring around Bulgaria with three other people in a brand new Chevy! Over the next few articles, I am going to share with you some of my photos from that trip, place by place. This article is about an experience we went on whilst staying in Plovdiv.
There are a number of wine-tasting experiences that you can go on in the Plovdiv region and a lot of them takes place in a small town called Brestovitsa, which is just to the southwest of the city, maybe a 45-minute drive. We selected our trip based on reviews we read online, and how easy it was to get to. We also wanted to go on an organized tour, as it was near the end of our trip, and we were getting a bit tired sorting everything out ourselves. We also wanted to drink instead of drive! We found an organized tour in English, which was a half-day event costing approx £15 per person including transport. This was a private tour for the four of us and was organized by “Plovdiv Guesthouse”, which is not where we were staying. We got our own English speaking tour guide – Velkov – who collected us from our hotel and drove us to Todoroff Spa Hotel and winery in Brestovitsa.
First of all, this is a beautiful hotel and the staff are really friendly. The food on offer smelled great, although we didn’t eat there and the lady taking our tour had excellent English skills. First we were shown the rooms under the ground floor where all the wine production takes place and the wine are stored in barrels to give it the flavor it needs.
Then it was time for the most important part of the tour – the tasting, and as they say, “the proof of the pudding is in the ‘drinking’”! This was really well presented and we had a proper lesson about how to note quality in our red wines (my personal favorites). We then tried a variety of three of the most popular reds that they produce at Todoroff and they were all really different but equally delicious. This was all done alongside water, bread, cheese, and meat to bring out the different flavors of the wines.
I really recommend an organized tour to this place as the route didn’t seem to be well marked out and the roads were all small country ones where I think it might be all too easy to get yourself lost. You can read more about trips from the Guesthouse here and for more information regarding Todoroff Spa and Winery then read here.