“Reviving Tradition and Crafting Excellence”
Villa Melnik, located in Bulgaria’s smallest town nestled in the Pirin Mountains, is a hidden gem brimming with cultural sites and a rich winemaking heritage. Owned by Nikola Zikatanov, who hails from a family with deep roots in vine growing and winemaking, the estate is dedicated to reviving the glory of Melnik wine and leading the renaissance of the region.
Believing in the potential of local grape varieties, Villa Melnik creates brave blends between rare Bulgarian grapes and international varieties, constantly innovating to express the true essence of the Melnik terroir in each wine. The estate’s new, modern winery opened in 2013, boasting state-of-the-art equipment and a highly-qualified staff.
Visitors to Villa Melnik are treated to stunning views of the surrounding valleys, perfect for hiking, biking, or even paragliding. The family-led tours personalize the experience, allowing guests to witness the winemaking process firsthand. Melnik itself symbolizes tradition, courage, and destiny, and the wines produced here reflect these qualities.
With roots firmly planted in Melnik, Villa Melnik is committed to crafting excellent, world-renowned wines that showcase the distinct character of the region. The estate’s dedication to an honest approach to winemaking, respect for nature, and unwavering focus on customer satisfaction have propelled them to international acclaim.
Since 2015, Militza, the daughter of Lyubka and Nikola, has joined the family business, contributing to the modern legend of Melnik. Through hard work, consistency, and an unwavering commitment to their craft, Villa Melnik has become a beacon of Bulgarian winemaking.
Villa Melnik emerges as a winery deeply rooted in tradition, dedicated to crafting exceptional wines that honor the region’s heritage. With a focus on local grape varieties, innovative blends, and a commitment to sustainability, this family-owned estate has garnered global recognition, captivating wine enthusiasts with their outstanding offerings.