Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria, famous for its local red wine. You can visit there the museum of wine. The entrance fee is 3 leva /approximately 1,5 euro/. You can buy also a little bit more expensive ticket but with included wine wine-tasting in its prize. This fee also will allow you to try 3 sorts of red wine and one sort of a white wine, accompanied by bites of toast, drizzled with olive oil. The wine is poured directly from the vat.
The cave-vault of the museum stores over 400 types of wines, produced at home and abroad, so your choice of shopping is not just about the tasting portions. In addition, in the museum, you can also buy a homemade brandy. Or to seal your own bottle of wine with your photo instead of a label. Moreover, it will cost you very decently – an average of 10-12 leva /approximately 5-6 euro/. The bottle is filled with pre-selected wine – white or red. And since Melnik is famous for its wide variety of typical Melnik Vine /the so-called “shiroka melnishka loza”/ we recommend you taking it.
The variety is grown only in the region, and the wine has a distinctive and unique flavor. When you drink it, you feel a combination of strawberries, white cherries, and sometimes hints of tobacco, dried mint, and pepper. It is said that the wine contains the enzyme for longevity and its fame dates back from the time of the Roman Emperor Trajan. Then it became one of Winston Churchill’s favorite pleasures.
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