Villa Yustina

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Villa Yustina
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Villa Yustina is situated in the village of Ustina on the foot of Yakata, the Rhodope Mountain in Thracian valley, 26 km away from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The winery location is specifically chosen, because Plovdiv region is among the few with a significant wine history. In this area, you can hear many tales about Thracians and their wine, ancient rites and mysteries. Herodotus described the local Thracians as warlike tribe with an independent spirit, that undertook the difficult task to be guardians of the sanctuary of Dionysus. It is beleived that the ancient Thracian capital - Besapara was located near Ustina. The beginning of vine growing and wine making in this area was set by the Thracians. They are also considered to be the best winemakers. People produced wine 5000 years ago on the Balkans, which is a proof that the Thracians were the first to transform grapes into wine. The first vines were brought by them from the Middle East to what is now southern Bulgaria. According to Homer, the most famous wine with the rich aroma and full body was from Thracia. At the end of 2006 the boutique winery Villa Yustina was established and started to process grapes from its own vineyards into terroir wines. The mission of Villa Yustina is to develop quality wines from Yakata, the Rhodope Mountain and wine tourism in a region with rich heritage and magnificent scenery. Villa Yustina wines are divided into three lines - VILLA YUSTINA, 4 SEASONS and MONOGRAM. VILLA YUSTINA is the line presenting the best of vintage blends or cuvees, designed to find an excellent balance between price and quality. In it you can feel the diverse and colorful imagination of our technologists, who transform grapes into the divine drink we all love. In this line you will find our Red Cuvee - a blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Cuvee was awarded Bronze medal at FHT, Thailand, Gold medal from MUNDUS VINI, Gemany and Bronze medal at Decanter, United Kingdom. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are intertwined in the Blanc - awarded Gold medal at the biggest wine contest in North America - Selections Mondiales des Vins, Canada. Rose is a blend with Syrah and Cabernet Franc - given Bronze medal at BIWC 2013 and also won the "Debut" and "Rose Cavalier" awards at Rose Wine Expo. 4 SEASONS line shows pure varietial characteristics of our wines and tells you a little bit more about our terroir. Here you will find the already gained significant popularity in Bulgaria Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and also the white wines Sauvignon Blanc and Traminer. This line reveals the best of our own vineyards. In following harvests 4 SEASONS will also show you the charm and charisma of other varieties. MONOGRAM is the boutique line of carefully selected grapes of Villa Yustina. The wines have matured in French and Bulgarian oak barrels and are in limited quantities in order to show the best of the winery. Here you can find a very interesting blend with Mavrud and Rubin, which became almost a synonym of our brand. It is a worthy representative of Bulgaria in the international wine scene, created by two Bulgarian varieties and matured in 100% Bulgarian oak barrels. The wine was awarded three consecutive gold medals for vintage 2007, 2008 and current vintage 2009 at the competition Vino Balkanika, assessing only local Balkan varieties. In addition it was awarded Bronze medal from FHT, Thailand, Gold medal from MUNDUS VINI, Germany with the very impressive 93 points and Silver medal at Vinalies Internationales, France. In the other bottles labeled MONOGRAM you can find also pure varietial Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the very attractive Chardonnay Barrique which won Bronze medal at Chardonnay du Monde, France. Mavrud & Rubin and Chardonnay Barrique won the Gold Medals at BIWC 2013, while the other two pure varietial Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were awarded Silver Medals at the same competition In order to satisfy even the most particular wine lovers Villa Yustina has already it's first attempts for making natural sparkling wines. That takes us even more closer to the global models for boutique wineries. As a proof and recognition for wine excellence the chief winemaker of Villa Yustina - Vassil Stoyanov, won the prize "Enologist of 2011" after a secret vote among the Bulgarian enologists. This award is the culmination of years of hard work and gives us confidence that we are moving in the right direction. To ensure the wines quality Villa Yustina takes special care to the vineyards. The French and world vineyard leader "Mercier" was selected for consultant. Currently the winery has 25 hectares of own vineyards with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Traminer, Aligote, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is located in Gorkata area with southern slope and with an average altitude of 300 meters and a wonderful view to the mountains. Central Thracian region, where Ustina is located has a humid continental climate. Although the area soils are mainly clay - suitable for red varieties, most of our vineyards are actually calcareous - providing excellent conditions for white varieties. So Villa Yustina is able to achieve excellent balance between solid reds and very attractive and stylish white varieties. This is very difficult in southern Bulgaria, which is well known for its traditionally good red wines. At the same time Villa Yustina is working on a new project, which is going to double the area of their vineyards. The new area is planned to be planted with red varieties such as Mavrud, Rubin and Petit Verdo. In order to provide an year-round employment of its employees, Villa Yustina has also 20 hectares of fruit orchard. Villa Yustina as a project began simultaneously with the construction of own vineyards. The boutique winery has a capacity to process 300 tons own grapes. It has a cellar for wine aging in oak barrels and barriques. Villa Yustina has a modern tasting room for 50 people, and at the final stage of the project there will be several guest houses within a beautiful park and a shop, where tourists will be able to buy wine, fine arts and craft works. According to the French standard Villa Yustina replaces 1/3 of its oak barrels each year. Seven leading suppliers from France and two from Bulgaria are used so that variety and quality can be guaranteed. Thanks to its close partnership with Tomika-Metal SA, Villa Yustina is one of the most modern wineries in Bulgaria. It is fully equipped with the finest cellar technology of new generation. The winery is equiped with tangential filter and fermenters type "Eureka". The celler has decided to do microvinification using modern technological means and equipment. There is a possibility for full control of the whole process. It begins by hand picking grapes, sorting with a vibrating trailer, manually sorting, possibility for cold maceration, fermentation in small volumes with excellent process control and various fermentation techniques, according to the different grape varieties. At this point of time our first guest house is already done and Villa Yustina is able to host your visit and be your home away from home. The house has 3 double rooms each with private bathroom. Soon several additional houses will be built within a beautiful park next to the winery. During your stay you can see historical landmarks and the beauty of nature around Ustina. The area has huge amount of interesting sights. Here is Hisarlaka - a Thracian fortress, which includes one of the largest and most beautiful rock towers in the Rhodope Mountain. On a later stage the stronghold was called Justina, in honor of the Emperor Justinian. Near Ustina there are also the Roman amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bachkovo Monastery, an ancient Thracian sanctuary - Belintash, the Biosphere Reserve - Red Wall. The exceptional nature and ancient history of the region is complemented by the Ustina waterfalls and the ruins of the Red Church - a rarely beautiful temple, nowadays described as one of the masterpieces of the early Christian architecture in Europe. For the true nature lovers, Villa Yustina is building several eco paths planed in a way to reveal the beauty of the Rhodope Mountains. You will be able to enjoy fishing in our private lake surrounded by an incredibly beautiful scenery near our vineyard as well. So except our proposal for a luxury wine tourism there are available also bike tours, hunting, photo, rural and cultural tourism and of course pure relaxing with a glass of wonderful wine from Villa Yustina. Thank you for your time.
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Danail D
Sofia, Bulgaria260 contributions
We, a company of 5 adults and 2 kids had a very pleasant stay in the guest house of Villa Yustina at New Year's Eve 2021. The guest house is at the foot of the Rhodope Mountains – calm and attractive (3 bedrooms with bathrooms, big living room, not too big but nice yard), near to the main hotel. The hotel restaurant offers selected tasty dishes.

And, of course the most attractive experience is the degustation of 5 really interesting wines, presented friendly & knowledgeably by the sympathetic young hostess.

I definitely recommend a visit.
Written February 16, 2021
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kaeren milligan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates120 contributions
A 45mins drive through plovdiv to reach the peaceful vine yards of Villa Yustina.
Our driver a Plovdiv tour guide was full of interesting facts of Bulgarias cultural and history.
Our winery guide was the lovely Maria, who was exceptional. Full of knowledge, information, stories and jokes.

Definitely worth a visit! There is a hotel and restaurant at the vineyard for guests to stay.

Written July 26, 2021
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The wine is superb. The service is excellent. The experince is the type of unforgettable one that urges you to come back. An uncut gem waiting to be discovered... or maybe it's best to stay hidden. You have to live it.
Written October 23, 2021
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria2 contributions
Villa Ustina is a great small winery in the village Ustina near by Rodopi mountain. The people there always smile and ready to show you the vineyards and the cellar. I've been there several times for tastings and will come back. I strongly recommend the Cabernet Franc 2012 and the famous Monogram Mavrud x Rubin blend.
Written August 18, 2014
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Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria9 contributions
Villa Yustina is a very good winery located near Plovdiv. It has the most modern technology of wine-making. The wine of Villa Yustina is excellent and if I can say it is a "true wine" made from grapes from their own vineyards. If you go to Villa Yustina you should visit also their own modern vineards called "park-vineyard"- a very beautiful place with a wonderful view to the Rhodope mountains and the surroundings. I recommend the winery and their wines for all wine lovers and wine professionals - you should taste them! The staff is of proffesionals and there are an excellent conditions for wine tourism as well.
Written August 12, 2014
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Brno, Czech Republic15 contributions
Villa Yustina is very pleasant small winery with excellent wines. The winery is newly built on the old site in a small village of Ustina. I visited the winery twice for tasting - in 2013 and 2014. They use very modern equipment for making wines. Their red wine Monogram Mavrdud+Rubin is wonderful. The winery makes lots of events and winetastings, participates exhibitions. It is really place worth visit!
Written July 1, 2014
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James M
Woking, UK87 contributions
Arrived here and were taken off to a tour of the vineyards which are situated within view of the Rhodope mountains and other lovely scenery around it. The workings of the vineyard were explained well and the we were taken back to the villa and shown round where the wine is made in this modern professional operation with any questions answered fully. Then on to the wine tasting and the stories about the wines and area around the winery. We tasted a variety of wines with some lovely cured meats and cheese. All of the wine was of a high quality and would have purchased some if we could have taken it home but they do ship it if you want.
Very enjoyable visit and a great way to spend a few hours.
Written June 15, 2015
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Sofia, Bulgaria19 contributions
We called Villa Yustina the day before our arrival to see if a visit was possible, and it was. The following day, we called about an hour before our arrival to give them some time to prepare. Upon arrival, we were met by a young woman who took us through the winery, explaining what happened and where, wines made, etc. She offered to guide us through the vineyard, but we opted out as it was blazing hot. The tour was interesting and informative.

We ended the tour in the tasting room. One can purchase a 3 or 5 wine tasting - we took the 5. We sat at a table with a few glasses and a plate of cheese and sliced meat for snacks. Vasco, the wine maker joined us and spoke about the winery and the wines. He is a very intelligent and personal individual, clearly knowledgeable and dedicated to his craft - and what a fine craftsman he is. We went through a few whites, a rose and a few reds. Villa Yustina has several top notch wines, and we managed to enjoy our fair share in the excellent company of the folks from the vineyard.

Of course, wine is available for purchase for reasonable prices as well.

It was so hot that going on a tour of a vineyard was the last thing my wife and I wanted to do that day. However, it turned out to be a very enjoyable and memorable time thanks to the fine wine and fine people at Villa Yustina.
Written August 15, 2015
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Ognyan A
Plovdiv, Bulgaria5 contributions
An amazing piece of Bulgarian land with some lovely people. Here you come in as a guest but go as a friend. We wish everyone there at Villa Yustina Winery the best of luck , best of wine and best of friends. From the Andreevi family.
Written June 21, 2015
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Ophir, New Zealand2 contributions
Turned up without booking. was greeting by a wonderful host, shown around the vineyard and winery. The tasting was great, tried many different wines and nibbles for a very reasonable price. Well recommended.
Written July 16, 2015
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