Castra Rubra

"Our jewel, our enormous passion..."


In 2006 we started the construction of Castra Rubra Winery which is a real
architectural jewel equipped with the latest technologies and equipment
meeting our standards for quality and minimal external influence upon grapes and wine.

We have chosen this place not only 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.

The person who creates the 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 our honor to have him as a member of our team and we believe that this is a privilege for the Bulgarian wine as a whole.

Two young and talented oenologists work constantly at Castra Rubra Winery. These are Plamena Kostova and Anton Dimitrov. Enthusiastic and ambitious, they are the new hope of the Bulgarian wine. We should also mention with gratitude the name of the manager Tzvetan Georgiev who takes care of everything in Castra Rubra and its vineyards.

Castra Rubra is a Latin name which literally means red fortress. This fortress has been discovered by Bulgarian archeologists in 2007.
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 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 proved that Castra Rubra was not only a fortress but there was also a settlement and probably a big facility hosting tired travelers and caravans.

We decided to plant our new vineyards around this historical site. We started in 2004 and now we have 200 hectares planted with varieties that we consider to be very suitable for this terroir. In our 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.