On Saturday, February 16th, as soon as the sun rose over Augeo’s vineyards, the preparation for ‎Trifon Zarezan, the wine holiday began. Before 10 o’clock when the event was announced it would ‎start, the first guests already started to arrive. They followed the special Augeo signs, placed ‎especially for the event, and the GPS coordinates, and they discovered our meeting place. The ‎guests were greeted by three generations from the family of the producers – Maria, her son ‎Stoyan, and his daughter Gergana. ‎
‎ The celebration began with a ritual by priest Angel and the traditional pruning of the vines of the ‎emblematic for the region and for Augeo grape variety Melnik 55. All 220 guests had the ‎opportunity to try the pruning process, and most did. ‎
Lots of music and good mood followed the wine tasting of all wines in Augeo’s portfolio. ‎Throughout the day the music performances by the Folklore program with performance groups ‎from the neighboring town Katuntsi ‎were alternating with folk songs and national dances. The ‎event’s guests joined a traditional horo dance, including some of our international guests from ‎Austria, England, Greece, Australia and South Korea. ‎
The wines that recently received medals from competitions in England and China sparked a large ‎interest among the wine tasters. The wines from the traditional varieties Augeo Melnik 55 and ‎Augeo Ruen were tasted right next to the vineyards were the grapes for these wines comes from. ‎The new bio wine series, including Augeo Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 and Augeo Red Blend Reserve ‎‎2015 received an ovation. ‎
We look forward to the next Melnik Wineries Open Doors Days next year when we hope to see ‎you again there!‎