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Enira, Bulgaria

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 wines.

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.


Bessa Valley is located on the hills between the Rhodope Mountains and Maritsa River. The climate is continental – hot summer and cold winter. The terroir is influenced by the river and the mountain. Rainfalls are at usual level. The soil in the Valley is loamy and clay-stony, mixed with limestone. The limestone rock is half a meter under the soil layer. 140 Hectares of vines are planted with Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • The Bessa Valley has a continental climate, with no influence from the Black Sea with the temperature moderated by strong cooling winds.
  • The main cellar forms an arc which is dug into the hillside which provides natural temperatire and humidity control for the maturation of the wines.
  • Vines are supported only using acacia sticks.
Bessa Valley Winery wins the 2023 Best Winery Of The Year at the London Wine Competition. "We are thrilled with this accomplishment. As wine-makers from Bessa Valley, we are inspired by the place the winery is built on, as much as the ancient tribes, the Bessians were thousands of years ago. It is our destiny to grow the vines of the Valley and make great wine from their fruit year after year" Count Stephan von Neipperg
Best Winery of the Year 2023