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Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC), 2015, Sofia

June 1, 2015

The results of the Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC), 2015, held in Sofia:
Out of five wines, presented by Villa Melnik Winery to the Competent International Jury, we received the following awards:

APLAUZ, MELNIK 55,2013, Reserve – SILVER Medal

APLAUZ, MAVRUD, 2013,Reserve – SILVER Medal




We accept the results of the competition as recognition of the work of our vine growers and wine producers led by our Wine-Master Roumyana Stoilova.
More information on: www.balkanswine.eu


May 13, 2015

We have the pleasure to inform you that all four wines, which we send to one of the most prestigeous wold competitions _ DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS, – LONDON 2015 have received recognition:

SILVER MEDAL for AplauZ Melnik 55, Reserve, 2013

BRONZE MEDAL for AplauZ Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, 2012

COMMENDED for AplauZ Merlot, Reserve, 2012

COMMENDED for Bergule, Melnik, 2013 /Broadleaved Melnik Vine/


International wine competition - VINOBALKANIKA 2015, Veliko Tarnovo

April 24, 2015

We are delighted to share the results of VINOBALKANIKA 2015 – the International wine competition for local wines from the Balkan countries, which took place in Veliko Tarnovo last week.

Villa Melnik Winery presented three wines:

AplauZ Mavrud, Reserve 2013 was awarded a Gold Medal;
AplauZ Melnik 55, Reserve, 2013 – Silver Medal;
Melnik Barique = Bergule Melnik, 2013 (100% Broadleaved Melnik Vine) – Silver Medal.

More information on: www.vinobalkanika.com

Balkans International Wine Competition

July 6th, 2014

Villa Melnik won several awards at the Balkans International Wine Competition, June 7-8th 2014:

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Viognier 2013

Melnik 55 Reserve 2011

Rosé 2013


Silver Medal

Pinot Noir 2012


AplauZ Cabernet Sauvignon – Reserve 2011

June 15th, 2014

AplauZ Cabernet Sauvignon – Reserve 2011 received Silver Medal at the Balkans International Wine Competition 2013. Recently, it also received GOLD at SELECTIONS MONDALES DES VINS – CANADA.

AplauZ Cabernet Sauvignon – Reserve 2011 is produced from carefully selected grapes and aged in oak barrels for over a year. The color is deep, dark red. The nose is complex, with pleasant aromas of dark forest fruit – blueberries, blackberries, black pepper and vanilla. The body is balanced with soft, velvety tannins and has a long, elegant finish. This wine creates a luxurious drinking experience and has the potential to mature in the bottle for years to come.

Villa Melnik in French Sommeliers International

May 1st, 2014

Villa Melnik Winery was featured in the April 2014 issue of the renowned French magazine, Sommeliers.

Read the full article here


Villa Melnik in US Sommelier Journal

September 20th, 2013

The digital edition of the US Sommelier Journal in its August 31st, 2013 issue has published an article by Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine about Bulgaria’s wine industry revival, explicitly naming Villa Melnik as one of the “Notable Wineries” in Bulgaria.

Read the full article


July 13th, 2013

With thanks for the professional photos to Elitza Lozanova, Elena Christova, Militza Zikatanova and Ethan DeLano


Is Fine Wine a Better Investment Than Gold?

June 4th, 2013

"The difference between stocks, gold and wine is if the price of all three plunge to zero, at least you can still pop open a bottle of wine at the end of grueling day at work and happily look back at your failed investment."


May 21st, 2013

During the Balkans International Wine Competition:

The Chairman of the International Jury Mr. Konstantinos Lazarakis, MW enjoys again our Bergulè wines which were awarded three medals – Gold for Bergulè Mavrud 2011, and Silver for both – Bergulè Viognier 2012, and Bergulè Chardoney & Viognier, 2012.

The Chairman of the International Jury Konstantinos Lazarakis and Nikola Zikatanov – Owner of Villa Melnik Winery discuss the potential of the wines from the Balkans on the international wine market.

After tasting our Silver Medal winner AplauZ Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011, the owner of Villa Melnik Nikola Zikatanov explains to the International Jury Member Ms. Christy Canterbury, MW some of the technological characteristics of this excellent wine.

The BIWC Founder and Director Ms. Galina Niforou, Wine MBA, the owner of Villa Melnik Nikola Zikatanov, and wine lovers are satisfied from the results of the Second Balkans International Wine Competition and from the quality of our wines.

Members of the Diplomatic Corp in Sofia are delighted to try the wines of Villa Melnik during the Second Balkans International Wine Competition, 16-19th May, 2013.

The awards of Villa Melnik Winery:

1. Gold Medal for Bergule Mavrud, 2011
2. Theree Silver medals, for:
   - Bergule Chardoney & Viognier, 2012;
   - Bergule Viognier, 2012;
   - AplauZ Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2011;
3. Bronze Medal for Villa Melnik Family Tradition Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, 2011;

Virtual tour of the winery

April 11th, 2013

Wine tasting and tours

January 30th, 2013

Villa Melnik winery invites you for wine tasting and tours into the world of wine. The magnificent nature, the legends and the magic of wine will make your stay with us unforgettable. The winery is open for visits every day, a call in advance will be appreciated.

Wine Cellar Villa Melnik:
Village of Harsovo, Sandanski Municipality
GPS: 41˚28ˈ24ʺ N; 23˚23ˈ19ʺ E
e-mail: market@villamelnik.com; rumyanas@villamelnik.com
tel: +359 (0) 888 230 305; -(0) 888 007 266; - (0) 882 756 444;


October 20th, 2012

Rumyana was born in Blagoevgrad. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s Degree in Oenology from Victor Segalen University in Bordeaux, France.

Rumyana has experience in the laboratory as well as with leading wine tours and tastings. She has worked as an assistant-oenologist and as an oenologist in wineries both in Bordeaux and in Bulgaria.

She is fluent in French and English.

Good luck, Rumyana!


August, 31st, 2012

Villa Melnik would like to present to you our master winemaker, Monsieur Didier Mailhe. Mr. Mailhe is from Toulouse region, France. He has worked for many years as an oenologist and a consultant in wineries in Bordeaux, Provence, and Burgundy. His range of knowledge pertaining to terroir (his main interest), vine growing, and the production of wine have developed into what he calls his “passion for wine”. His desire to learn more and to share his experience with others have earned him invitations to work as a consultant- oenologist all over the world: Russia, India, Great Britain, Romania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Uruguay and more.

Mr. Mailhe has a rich academic background with a PhD in Geology and Geochemistry, a diploma (BTS) in Vine Growing and Enology, and a Master National Diploma in Enology (DNO) from ENSA, Toulouse. He has taught enology at Plumpton College, England. In addition to his native French, Mr. Mailhe speaks English, Russian, and Spanish.

Mr. Mailhe likes Bulgaria very much and believes that it has the potential to produce truly great wines. He is very interested in Bulgaria’s history and traditions. He is currently studying Bulgarian.



June 20, 2012

Dear friends, two new medals were awarded to our wines at THE BALKANS INTERNATIONALWINE COMPETITION held in Sofia, Bulgaria 14-17 June 2012.

Gold medal for Villa Melnik Aplauz - Melnik 55 vintage 2010

Silver medal for Villa Melnik Bergulè - blend from Chardonnay&Viognier vintage 2011

More than 400 wines from the Balkan region competed in the five categories: sparkling, dry white, dry rose, dry red and dessert. 23 Gold Medals were awarded (Bulgaria: 10, Greece: 7, Slovenia: 3, Macedonia: 2 and Croatia: 1) which represents 6% of all wines entered for the Competition.

Click to see the full list of winners.


April 12, 2012

Part of the team of Villa Melnik Wine Cellar visited some of the most recognized chateaus in Bordeaux, France for the week of the wine premiers – a period when of open doors when wine connoisseurs, traders and journalists visit the winemakers and taste their wines of the last vintage, before they are launched on the market.

During the same week, on April 4th, the world famous oenologist Michel Rolland marked with small party the release in book shops of his new book – “The Wine Guru”. Our team was among the guests of the occasion, congratulated the author for his book, and discussed the future of the winemaking in Bulgaria.

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Vinaria 2012

March 23, 2012

Dear friends, two gold medals were awarded to our wines at the International Exhibition of Vine-Growing and Wine Producing Wine Festival Vinaria - 2012, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

- Villa Melnik – blend from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

- Villa Melnik – AplauZ – Reserve 2010 – blend from Merlot and Syrah.

Vinaria 2012

March 8, 2012

Dear friends, Villa Melnik Winery will be participating at the biggest exhibition of Bulgarian wines – Vinaria 2012. We shall introduce our new wines and hope to find many new friends and partners. You are welcome to visit us at the Fairground in Plovdiv from March 15th to 18th.

Trifon Zarezan (The Vine Pruner) and Wine Festival in Melnik

February 15, 2012

A Wine Festival took place in Melnik on February 11th and 12th. The wine producers of the region presented their wines. For the enjoyment of the tourists, the wine was free of charge, a concert of folk music and dances took place. The Snow – very unusual for this southern town added its beauty to the Festival.

On the 14th of February, traditionally is celebrated the Day of vine pruning and prayers for good health and rich harvest take place. The vine growers of Villa Melnik Winery honored the day on the vineyard in Harsovo, where the construction of the new modern company winery is getting momentum. The plans are to finish construction and start work this coming fall. just on time for the new harvest.

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