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CASTRA RUBRA WINERY


Castra Rubra winery is located in Sothern Bulgaria, in the village of Kolarovo, province of Harmanli. The winery is a sister company to "Telish AD" owned by Jair Agopyan. Castra Rubra was built in 2006, and today it has 250 ha of own vineyards, and produces close to 2,000,000 bottles annually.

Castra Rubra Winery is a real architectural jewel equipped with the latest technologies and equipment meeting the standards for outstanding quality and minimal external influence upon grapes and wine (click here to visit their facebook page for photos).

The place is not only selected because of the excellent conditions for growing vineyards - suitable sun exposure, soils with good drainage and extremely rich and various composition, but also because the place is full of history. Castra Rubra is a Latin name which literally means red fortress. This fortress has been recently discovered by Bulgarian archeologists. Indeed, 15 centuries ago at this place there was a mythical Byzantine fortress with strategic location. For the first time the archeological excavations have proved that the place was inhabited by several different ethnic groups. The fortress was situated on the ancient important trade route called "Via Diagonalis" connecting Europe and the Orient. Even nowadays one can see the traces of the big diagonal road built by the Byzantine people to connect Rome and Constantinople. We dedicated to this road one of our most successful wines - Via Diagonalis. The excavations also proved that Castra Rubra was not only a fortress but there was also a settlement and probably a big facility hosting tired travellers and caravans.

In Castra Rubra's vineyards you will find Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante Bouschet, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Syrah, Petit Verdot and, of course, the local pride - Rubin and Mavrud.

Today Castra Rubra has 16 wines in its product portfolio. Via Diagonalis one of the winery's best sellers, won the hearts of wine connoisseurs even with its first appearance, because of the specific juiciness and spiciness that is mostly due to the precise blend between Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon & Rubin & Mavrud in exact proportion of 60/30/5/5

The person who creates these wines and guides the team of young oenologists of Castra Rubra Winery is Michel Rolland, the most significant representative of the contemporary wine world. Michel Rolland is not only the exclusive consultant of the winery but he is also the guru of all modern-thinking winemakers. It is an honor for Castr Rubra to have him as a member of its team. The team at the winery believes that this is a privilege for the Bulgarian wine as a whole.