Katarzyna Estate is located in one of the southernmost points of Bulgaria, in the area known as “Byalata Prast” (The White Soil). The vineyards are situated at the foot of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, on beautiful and picturesque hills, still graced with charming, untouched nature. It was on these lands that ancient Thracians produced wine over 5000 years ago. Wine was an essential part of their daily life, celebrations, and rituals, making them not only one of the earliest wine-producing peoples but also transforming it into a symbol of their culture. In close proximity to the estate, in the region of the village of Mezek, one of the best-preserved Thracian tombs was discovered. It is the largest and one of the most impressive dome-shaped tombs of Mycenaean type, fully preserved in its original form. Among the treasures left by the Thracians are numerous drawings and murals depicting various wine rituals, as well as different golden and silver vessels.

Beyond their rich history, these lands boast exceptionally favorable conditions for cultivating vineyards. The climate bears strong Mediterranean influence, and the sandy soils, combined with air currents, create an excellent terroir that allows the grapes to ripen slowly, resulting in wines of exceptional quality.

A Tradition inherited from Thracians, which lives on today


The most crucial aspect of a great wine is its terroir. The uniqueness of the location and the specific climate and soil conditions are the most important factors in cultivating vineyards and producing quality grapes. The influence of terroir dominates over the characteristics of the grape variety, presenting the challenge of crafting wine and transforming it into an endless adventure. The combination of climate, soil, and altitude determines the taste of the grapes in different regions, micro regions, or even individual plots. Their interaction is essential for the grapes to reach perfect and harmonious ripeness. Terroir is an inseparable factor from human activity because, without complete dedication and care, a place, no matter how “privileged” it may be, would not become an exceptional vineyard. Factors such as the orientation and slope of the vineyard, the selection of grape varieties and rootstocks, formatting, pruning, vine density, harvest restrictions, harvesting, production techniques, and more, all of them play a vital role.The truth about terroir is understood over time, with each new harvest and the consistent quality it delivers. It is a long journey that continues even today.

Terroir is the essence of great wines. It is everything and nothing. Everything, because without it, nothing is possible; and nothing, because it reveals itself solely through our labor and dedication...


The land on which we cultivate our vineyards is one of the greatest advantages of our Estate. The diversity of soils in individual plots and the varying altitude provide our team with different areas boasting unique qualities and characteristics. As a result, the grapes we harvest exhibit various attributes, allowing us to vinify them in separate batches. Later, our winemakers carefully select how to blend these batches, creating wines with high quality and distinctive style.

We primarily classify the soil composition on the Estate into three types: sandy, brown forest, and clayey red soils. Although the sandy-clayey structure enables moisture to be retained in deeper layers of the earth, our vineyards are equipped with drip irrigation, a crucial tool for regulating moisture during dry and hot summers.


The area in which we grow our vineyards is hillocky, very picturesque and still delightfully wild. In the area, the climate is moderately continental, with a strong Mediterranean influence and the longest sunshine. Characteristic features are the warm and dry summer, the mild winter and the relatively small annual temperature amplitude. The day is long, and the late sunshine contributes to the slow and balanced ripening of the grapes and the formation of the taste profile with a pronounced fruity character.

An important prerequisite for the favorable development of the vineyards in the region is the peculiar air corridor that forms between the Sakar mountain and the Eastern Rhodopes with prevailing northwest and northeast winds.


Katarzyna Estate owns 7500 hectares of its own vineyards, situated in the region known as “Byalata Prast” (The White Soil), within the territories of Belitsa and Lozen villages. The planting process began between 2004 and 2007, following careful research of the soils and specific climatic conditions of each plot. The main plantings date back to 2006, with a ratio of 70% red varieties and 30% white varieties.

Among the white grape vineyards, Chardonnay holds the largest share, accompanied by other white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Pinot Gris,, Viognier, and Muscat. As for the red varieties, our vineyards are home to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Malbec, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Rubin, and Mavrud. What we have discovered as most crucial is that through proper and precise work in the vineyard, we consistently achieve high-quality results in our products.


Every harvest has its own unique story, and ours began for the first time in 2006. With each subsequent harvest, we have grown and evolved alongside our vineyards. Over the years, we have gathered various facts and figures about rainfall, temperatures, humidity, and other data, but most importantly, we have collected the emotions, feelings, happiness, and sometimes discouragement that anyone connected to nature inevitably experiences. A critical factor in ensuring the quality of the wine is determining the right time for the grape harvest. Gathering the harvest is the busiest and most critical moment of the year for every winemaker. In our case, the grape harvest begins in August and continues until October. We handpick our grapes early in the morning into crates of 12-14 kg.

Considering that our cellar and vineyards are located in one of the warmest and southernmost regions of the country, it presents a significant challenge for our team to achieve the optimal ripeness of the grapes, resulting in wines that embody harmony, balance, and delicacy.

Every harvest is distinct and challenging, but the best ones, according to our standards, have been distinguished with a star.