Damianitza Winery is situated in Struma Valley, South West Bulgaria about 120 miles down the road from Sofia to Thessaloniki. It has been established in the village of the same name a stone throw away from the Greek border at the beginning of the 20th century. It initially specialized in both dry and sweet wines from the local ancient indigenous grape variety Broad Leaved Melnik vine that was brought by the soldgers of Alexander the Great more than 2000 years ago.
The wines of Damianitza winery became quite well known beyond the borders of the small recently liberated from the Ottoman Empire country and found their way to the table of Sir Winston Churchil, who took a small shipment each year-or so the legend says. This land is full of legends, of ancient Thracian Gods, fierce battles and thick sweet wines. Here Bulgaria has the longest summer and cherries and strawberries ripen first. Just behind the mountains lie the Olive groves of Greece and the Mediterranean. A highly praised land through the centuries it was no wonder that the winery was quickly acquired by the strong of the day. A media tycoon at the time the new owner, Philip Harmandjiev spared no effort or capital to renovate and modernize it. A firm believer in sustainable agriculture he pioneered organic practices in his vineyards and continued producing characterful distinctive wines from the local indigenous grape varieties and crosses like Broad Leaved Melnik Vine, Melnik 55, Rubin, Ruen, Keratcuda etc. Uniqato Rubin has recently been named a wine of the week through the purple pages of Jancis Robinson and created quite a following. The Organic Volcano Viognier is equally impressive with its purity of fruit and unoaked focus!