Zlaten Rozhen Wine Cellar
Zlaten Rozhen Wine Cellar will surprise you with its unique selection of traditional and new wine brands with a diversity of tastes and aromas, with excellent qualities and at competitive prices. With attention to each and every grain, with immense love and skill, combining the traditions of this wine region with new trends and technologies in winemaking, we give you the opportunity to enjoy our wine masterpieces. Our team’s objective is to create high quality boutique wines, which will fascinate anyone who tastes them with their exquisite taste.
The winery has its own vine plot of 800 decares with a vine density of 460 vines per decare. After surveying and examining the region in terms of soil, climate and air currents, we chose to create a vineyard in the region of the Struma river valley – a region with time-honored traditions in winemaking determined by the outstanding soils and plentiful sunshine. Southwestern Bulgaria is the warmest Bulgarian region and is a unique vine growing and winemaking region in the country. Located in the furthest southern part of the country, it is characterized by a hilly terrain and high annual temperatures. The following varieties dominate our vine array structure: Merlot, Cabernet and the particularly last word Syrah variety. The typical regional Melnik 55, Melnik Ruby and the emblematic Broad Melnik Vine for the region since ancient times have not been neglected either. The location of each variety is selected according to the soil characteristics of both vine plots and the characteristics of the particular vines. We apply the best cutting-edge agricultural technologies to yield top quality grapes. Vine pruning is specific for each vine variety. The outstanding quality of our cultivated grapes as our raw material is the first prerequisite and guarantee for making the perfect wine.
The wine cellar, located in the village of Kapatovo at a distance of 20 km south of Sandanski and 19 km from the picturesque village of Rozhen, was built near the vineyards in a land property of approximately 4,000 square meters. The winery is a modern architectural complex, with a fully closed production cycle, starting from the cultivation of grapes and ending with an elegant bottle of wine. The cellar is equipped with state-of-the-art fermentation facilities with the capacity to optimize and control all processes of vinification, maturing, stabilization and bottling of wines. It processes the grapes yielded from the vines, reaching an output of more than 150 tons annually. The cellar is equipped with the most cutting-edge technology for the production of selected red and white wines, as well as of rose, whose style and finesse result from the strict quality control of each grape batch. Relying on the traditions in winemaking in combination with the exceptional terroir, which contributes to the specific tastes and aromas for the region, we can offer quality, attractive and memorable wines, which meet the increasing requirements of connoisseurs of fine Bulgarian wines.
Trying to find the balance between tradition and new technologies, we have built our wine cellar as an integral complex.
True connoisseurs and lovers of high quality wines can be initiated in the mystery of winemaking by going through the entire production process of Zlaten Rozhen Wine Cellar. The winery has high quality equipment, a modern laboratory and a state-of-the-art bottling line. Following the division into two units, visitors can follow the trail of wine from grape-gathering to maturing in oak barrels in the production unit. Grapes arrive at the ground level of the cellar, where they undergo initial processing. Part of our wine matures in oak barrels and ages in bottles in a specially developed underground section, which features natural constant temperature and humidity levels.
Zlaten Rozhen Hotel
The Zlaten Rozhen Hotel is a three-star boutique hotel located in the immediate proximity of the Rozhen Monastery, in the centre of the Rozhen village, and 6 km away from Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria. The region is known for its mild climate, numerous sunny days, and fresh air that are the main factors and guarantee for the full value of our guests’ recreation.
The hotel offers wide opportunities for relaxation, sports, and entertainment, as well as wine lover/connoisseur/oenophile/sommelier tourism, and wine degustation. It has been built on three floor levels, and is operated all year round. It offers a clever combination of the Bulgarian Renaissance culture, so typical of the region, and the luxury and modern amenities guaranteeing the visitors’ comfort.
At the hotel’s first floor level, a unique degustation hall can be found where professional sommeliers and clients can do degustation of wines being the entity’s own produce.
In the tavern located on the second floor level and arranged in an old-time life style fashion typical of the Melnik region, with a capacity of 130 seats, we offer delicious specialties of the Bulgarian national cuisine, and a rich assortment of drinks and wines produced of what has come from the entity’s own vineyards.
The third floor of the complex includes 12 luxury double rooms and one apartment combining coziness and comfort. The hotel disposes of Internet, cable TV, telephone connections, and a parking facility.
The region where the hotel is situated is rich in sightseeing locations that our guests can visit. Near-by are: the Pirin National Park, the Melnik Rock Pyramids natural phenomenon, one of the biggest and most well preserved monasteries in Bulgaria, the Rozhen Monastery. In proximity is also the Ruppitte natural site, together with the “St. Petka, Bulgarian” monument church, as well as the “Samuel Fortress” natural museum park. Both sightseeing locations have been enlisted on the One Hundred National Tourist Sites list.
Zlaten Rozhen Hotel