Yamantiev, a structural engineer, fell in love with the place and the winery in 1996 while doing construction work in Ivaylovgrad. He was stunned by the unspoiled beauty in the heart of Thracian Valley, an area kept close during Socialism for being a stone throw from the Greek border.
Initially he rented the winery in 1998 and bought it in 2000 to embark on a very ambitious program of renovation and modernisation. During refurbishment in the winery were found ancient Roman mosaics, establishing a link with a Roman Villa unearthed nearby dating back two thousand years.
The archaeological discoveries in the area pointed to extensive wine-making activities, a fact which inspired the new owners to spare no effort in establishing the vineyards. Working with various European Funds, the family planted 70 ha of own vineyards with mainly international grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Alicante Bushe, Viognier, Muscat and Chardonnay. After a decade of hard work Yamantiev wines found many foreign markets including a brief spell with Mathew Clark in 2006.
Villa Armira wines are fruity unoaked style aimed at showing the varietal character.
Yamantiev Reserve spent a little time in French and Bulgarian oak and are not produced each year. We have had Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006, and now stock their stunning Syrah 2010.
Marble Land wines are from a single vineyard with a marble bedrock and are also matured in new oak barrels for up to a year.
The flagship wine, Ivaylovgrad is reserved for the best crop in outstanding years and can be distinguished by its unusually heavy glass bottle. It is dedicated to the Roman ancestors who embraced this blessed land and engaged in winemaking here.