During the Rotaract Europe Meeting in Sofia at the end of January in 2024 3 of our members of our eclub were present.

As Bulgaria is a wine country our subgroup Rotaract&Wine organised another wine tasting. Bulgaria has several wine areas in the south in the middle and near the east coast.

None of them are close to Sofia, but as it was affordable to rent a bus in a country like Bulgaria, we could pick any winery up to 2h ride from Sofia.

Language barriers and very small business made it hard to get in contact with local winemakers.

Up to 2 weeks before the event we had chosen a large modern winery to visit, but it was a bit pricey and not very local.

As we always want the best offer, because we plan to support charity with every event, we contacted some other wineries to get a better deal.

By coincidence one winemaker we contacted was a former Interactor and Rotaractor!

Dimitar Kyuchukov owner of Winery VillaVinavera hosted our group of 18 wine lovers from the USA, Europa from Denmark up to Armenia.

We got a tour through the winery and explanations about the winemaking process. After a long trip we were hungry and thirsty and we were not disappointed.

We could try 10 different wines from local varieties. For beginners and experts the flavours and sensoring experiences were beyond the standard wines we know from conventional wine countries. A wine with an added grapefruit taste, 4 different wines from one kind of grape Mavrud, Icewine from red wine with a slight bitter side taste. And so on. We were astonished that the winery exports most to Vietnam, as Bulgaria is part of old Europe and a former communist country.

During the tasting we were offered local cuisine with Traditional “Kapama”, baked in clay pot overnight, with pickled cabbage, poultry, pork, sausages, garlic, bay leafs, pimento and red wine. I can assure you we had a great experience.

After that we continued our trip to the old town of Plovdiv. This town is one of the oldest still existing towns in Bulgaria. It even has a Roman amphitheater.

By the end of the day we drove back to Sofia with a full stomach, liver and plenty of memories.

Due to some last minute participants we could raise over 357 Euro for the local charity DETEBG.org: For Our Children Foundation is a Bulgarian non-governmental organization that has been supporting vulnerable Bulgarian children and their families since 1992. “For Our Children” is the successor of the British human rights organizations “European Children’s Trust”, “Christian Children’s Fund” and “Every Child”

Thank you to all the participants and especially Dimitar Kyuchukov who made this possible.

 

You may be interested in these articles

Blog

Celebrating Rotary International’s Birthday: Making a Global Impact

Rotary International, the renowned service organization, celebrates its birthday on February 23rd each year. This special day provides an occasion...

Blog

Wine and REM in Bulgaria

During the Rotaract Europe Meeting in Sofia at the end of January in 2024 3 of our members of our...

Blog

Building Bridges: Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention

In February, Rotary International dedicates its efforts to Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month, recognizing the crucial role of fostering peace,...

Blog

Safeguarding Health: Disease Prevention and Treatment

In December, Rotary International shines a spotlight on Disease Prevention and Treatment, emphasizing the importance of proactive measures and access...

Blog

Remembrance Day

Darren and Rob from our Club attended the Yate  parade. Darren was on hand to represent his Yate Scout troop...

Blog

World Polio Day

World Polio Day, observed on October 24th each year, serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to eradicate polio...

Blog

Growing Local Economies

In October, Rotary International highlights the importance of Community Economic and Development Month, focusing on initiatives that empower communities to...

Blog

Community Spirit in Action!

On Sunday 24th September, members of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, Chipping Sodbury Lions Club and our own Rotary eClub West...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Help us change lives locally and globally

Club activities, social events, and volunteer projects offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections

JOIN US