Enira is a Bulgarian fine wine project by Stephan von
Neipperg of Ch Canon La Gaffelière in
The Bessa Valley Winery is located in the Pazardjik
region, just 135 Km South-East from Sofia, the capital city. The
whole project started in 1999, when businessman and wine lover,
Karl-Heinz Hauptmann talked with Stephan von Neipperg about the
possibility of investing together in a Bulgarian wine
The strong presence of limestone in the soil is very similar to
that in Saint Emilion, which is why the particular area was chosen.
By 2005 the winery had planted 140 Ha of vineyards - 55％ of Merlot,
and equal amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and
The Bessa Valley has a continental climate, with no influence
from the Black Sea. The average temperature range between -3℃ and
1℃ in Winter, and between 30℃ and 32 ℃ in Summer.
The vineyards are located on a gentle slope, with an altitude of
between 150m and 210m.