Count Stephan von Neipperg, owner of several
famous Bordeaux properties, including Châteaux Canon La Gaffelière
and La Mondotte, sought out the Bessa Valley where the wonderful
clay-limestone soils showed him the potential to make great
In the shadow of the dramatic Rhodope Mountains, these soils
provide the structure, strength and minerality that allows Stephan
to create wonderful wines that are full of power and elegance.
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.