The Bessa Valley Project was started in 2001. It is situated in the region around Ognianovo village. The name of the winery "Bessa Valley" means Valley of the Bessi . The Bessi were a Thracian tribe that inhabited this land.
The wine is a blend of 48% Merlot, 40% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Petit Verdot. All of the grapes were hand-picked. The whole berries then underwent a a old maceration performed from five to eight days at 16 degrees. Alcohol fermentation, with addition of selected yeast strains, was controlled at 26 to 28 degrees for 8 to 10 days. followed by maceration from 5 to 8 days in thermo-regulated concrete tanks. Malolactic fermentation continued in tanks follwed by ageing for about twelve months in oak barrels (10% one-year old oak, 56 % two- years old, 34% three years old).
Colour : Dark red/black
Aroma : Raisins, oak, toast, blackcurrant, spice, plums
Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, cherry, spice, raisins, concentrated fruit
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : 12.90 Euro (T2 Duty Free, Helsinki Airport, Finland)
Mark : B-
Website : Bessa Valley Winery