They say life is a journey. We take it sometimes with uncertain steps, and at
other times striding securely and firmly. At that, it is the path itself that
is important, not the ultimate goal.
Our story is about a journey, too. However, it is more of a return back in
time, to the roots of the Pre-Balkan, which over the centuries has accommodated
peoples, tribes and beliefs. It has given everyone who chose it as their home
unique nature – high mountains, centuries-old forests and river-cut fertile
fields. The home of Villa Ovcharovo.
Here, within 12 km of the town of Targovishte, lying on the remains of
ancient artefacts is located the village of Ovcharovo, in whose land is the
only fully studied early Neolithic settlement in Bulgaria dating back to around
5,500 BC. The size of the settlement and the unique collection of ritual clay
figures and crockery found during the excavations are unparalleled and testify
to the wealth of the region and the power of our land. Strength and charm, from
which today we still draw inspiration to create unique wines. Because wine is
also a shared journey back to our roots, to the land that feeds us and gives us
the strength to move forward in our hectic daily lives.
We started in 2009 with the planting of the first vineyards.
We examined several potential locations in the region in detail, studied the
microclimate characteristics and took soil samples that we analyzed in France.
We also spoke to the locals, who gave us invaluable information handed down
from generation to generation, and consulted a French oenologist from Bordeaux.
Based on the results, we determined the varietal structure of the future
vineyards and ordered planting material from reputable French nurseries. The first two years showed us that
our 150 decares of vineyards have felt superb in the village of Ovcharovo.
Thus, in 2012, full of hope and enthusiasm, we continued to the next stage of our
"wine journey". A complex was built on the border of the vineyard
bearing the name Chateau Des Bergers /translated from French, "The Castle
of the Shepherds"/, which combines a boutique winery and a modern hotel. There, for 10 years
now a young and motivated team of professionals have been creating, putting in personal
zest, professional erudition and, most importantly, love. Love for the roots
and faith in the potential of the fertile land, on which 150 acres of vineyards
are now ripening. We have come a long way, created iconic wines, and met many
But as we know, ‘Everything flows, everything changes’, life is a journey
and a continuous pursuit of something new and different.
In the last 2 years (2020 and 2021), under the influence of the global
turmoil of the modern world, life has slowed down and we have had the
opportunity to rethink our past path and achievements, our previous aspirations
and desires. We have realised that the material world, as we know it, is quite
fragile, wounded and transient. We have realised that family and friends are
our roots and support, that the land is our source of strength and freedom, and
that only faith in our own powers moves us constantly forward.
For this reason, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have proudly chosen
to identify with the Bulgarian origins and to emphasise our belonging to the
native roots. We have chosen to rebrand our project to Villa Ovcharovo Wine
& Hotel – so that we emphasise the Bulgarian roots and nature of our wines,
so that we accentuate and promote our region and terroir, so that we bear the
timeless Bulgarian values shared since antiquity and to this day – Family,