Bulgarian wine Tasting in Ancient Plovdiv: Young Wine Parade

Imaginе an old town where every winding cobbled street leads to a house full of wine  – Bulgarian wine. Although it sounds more like a fairy tail, actually it  is something usual for the late November in Plovdiv.

Every year, this Bulgarian city welcomes more than 8 000 visitors, attending the annual Young Wine Parade. Within a couple of days everyone is invited to taste a great number of wine varieties in the inviting and unforgettable atmosphere of old Plovdiv.

During these days, wine lovers not only have the unique chance to taste a great number of wines, but also to immerse into the magic of the marvelous houses in the old town of Plovdiv. In addition to a rich wine-oriented program, there are also other special events, such as exhibitions, movies and music shows.

This young wine festival is always held in several emblematic and really inspiring places. Bulgarian wine producers showcase their products in old houses, which are part of the cultural legacy of the old town, like “Zlatyu Boyadjiev” house, Balabanov House, the Ethnographic Museum, the houses “Hindlian” and many others.

The young wines offered are grouped in three categories – red, white and rosé, and  accompanied by dairy and other products. The Young Wine Parade comprises a series of cultural events, lectures on the history of wine and presentations about wine producers. There is also a Dionysian procession, led by European order of Wine Knights.

For the first time in 2012, some of the famous restaurants in Plovdiv are also involved in the festival. Several days before the beginning of the event, they offer special menus. Thus, in the so called “Week of the young wine”, visitors can taste Bulgarian wine, combined with a variety of selected dishes.

In order to taste wine within the festival days, visitors have to purchase a ticket, which gives them the right to taste 12 different wines. Tickets prices vary from 3 to 5 leva.

Useful information:

Passes for the event are sold at the ticket center in front of the of the municipality in Plovdiv, at  the Tourist Information Centre and also at “Trakart” Gallery.

Official website of the organizer of the event

Concise guide to Plovdiv (English version)