COUNTRY: BULGARIA WINE REGION: VIDIN AREA / NORTH-WEST
ABOUT WINE REGION
As part of the Danubian Plain wine region (also known as the Danube River Plains), Vidin area enjoys hot summers with extensive sunny days, an excellent microclimate and specific soil (red, sandy limestone). This is where the first wine school opened in 1887. Today, seven winemakers in the Vidin area continue the long winemaking tradition.
All the streets and buildings of Vidin, the nearest transport hub to Belogradschik, are oriented towards the Danube and the Riverside Park that spreads out along the river’s banks. With its recreational areas, beaches and landscapes (which combine English parks and Baroque Austrian gardens), the Park offers many places for relaxation and recreation.
The Baba Vida Fortress is the best preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria, constructed over many different historical periods. Within its walls there is a theatre stage and a museum exhibition. Apart from the fortress, visitors can also explore The Ottoman Fortification and Administrative centre, a mosque and a library built in the 14th century, the Jewish Synagogue, a medieval cave monastery, and a number of museums, galleries and historical monuments. Many interesting tourist attractions are also located in and around Belogradchik (Belogradchik Rocks and Magurata), Kula (Castra Martis), Dimovo, Venets Cave, the Izvorski Monastery and Chuprene (Biosphere Reserve, Folklore fair). Visitors can also visit Vragansky Balkan Nature Park for a hike or biking trip.
WEBSITE OF LOCALITY
HOW TO REACH
The nearest airports to Vidin are located in Sofia, Bucharest, Craiova and Niš.
There are regular bus lines from Pleven and Sofia, while the city is also well connected with local villages.
From Sofia the fastest route, due to traffic conditions, is via route 81 and from Negotin via route 33.
Vidin is also located on the EuroVelo 6 international cycling route.
WINE CELLARS / VINEYARDS:
Magura Cave Bat Gallery, c/o Magura Winery & Cave, 5 Alexandar Pushkin Blvd. (office), 1618 Sofia, Tel. +359 2 8570015 (www.magurawinery.bg)