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Entering the cellar is like stepping into a temple – the temple of the primordial Bulgarian beverage. In its pleasant interior, guests can taste different boutique wines from our collection, treating their palate to freshly baked bread, brine and yellow cheese, and a piece of traditional sweet pumpkin pie. The cellar with its excellent acoustics often provides a venue for authentic folklore performances, which revive the magic of our Thracian heritage of wine and song.

Under its vaulted ceilings the seven maenads “crush” grapes after the rich harvest, while the Bulgarian bagpipe and the kemane sing the ancient legend about the Maedi Thracians and the wine.

In Melnik and the surrounding areas, wine has been produced, or “crushed”, since times immemorial. Thracians elevated it into a cult and Melnik became one of the cult centres. The famous full-bodied wine, produced from the local Broad Leaved Melnik Vine, was described centuries ago as “a flesh-and-blood wine, one you can carry in a pouch, one you can both drink and chew”.

Throughout the centuries, the old Melnik wine made from the local Broad Leaved Melnik Vine variety had been a classical staple of Bulgarian winemakers. This wine used to be a privilege and a symbol of refined taste at the dining tables of Venetian Doges, Spanish noblemen and French courtiers.

And before that it used to pleasure the palates of Byzantine aristocracy.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the wine of Melnik was a sought-after commodity along the Aegean coasts, in Dubrovnik, Trieste, Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Genoa, Marseille, Paris, Barcelona, Liverpool.
More recently, sir Winston Churchill used to buy as much as 500 litres each year.