Black Sea Cuisine Tasty tour in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine
|Day 1 BG, Varna||(Sightseeing tour of Varna; Varna Winery, between “Albena” and “Golden Sands” resorts in General
Kantardzhievo village; Food degustation in “Magic Spring” a traditional national restaurant near Varna; Night in Varna)
|Day 2 BG, Varna-Pomorie||(Archeological and Ethnographic museums; Euxinograde Winery, located in Euxinograde Park near Varna; Arrival in Pomorie; Bulgarian cuisine; Night in Pomorie)|
|Day 3 BG, Pomorie-Burgas||(Dives Estate Winery, located in Simeonova mound; Dinner and night in Burgas)|
|Day 4 BG, Burgas||(Wine degustation at Black Sea Gold – an exceptional winery, located near Pomorie; Dinner and night in Burgas)|
|Day 5 BG-RO, Byrgas-Macin||(Arrival in Macin; Travel by car/bus to Macin; Night in Macin)|
|Day 6 RO, Macin-Niculitel-Somova||(Travel from Macin to Niculitel; Somova)|
|Day 7 RO, Somova-Enisala||(Travel from Somova to Enisala)|
|Day 8 RO, Enisala-Constanta||(Travel from Enisala to Murfatlar and Constanta)|
|Day 9 RO-UA, Constanta-Ostrov-Odessa||(Travel from Constanta to Ostrov; Travel to Ukraine, Odessa)|
|Day 10 UA, Odessa||(Odessa Cuisine; Sightseeing tour of Odessa; Moldavian Cuisine; Opera House; Ukrainian Cuisine)|
|Day 11 UA, Odessa||(Visit “Privoz”; Museum of cognac business N.L. Shustov; Dolphinarium NEMO)|
|Day 12 UA, Odessa-Shabo-Belgorod-Dnestrovsky-Odessai||(Wine Cultural Center Shabo; Fortress of Belgorod-Dnestrovsky)|
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In Varna region
Bulgarian cuisine is a variegated mixture of colors, aromas, flavors and shapes, formed over centuries, bearing traces of different tribes and peoples who have inhabited Bulgarian lands in different periods of its history. Because of geographic factors such as climatic condiditions a great variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices are grown under Bulgarian sun. They are skillfully combined and used either fresh and raw or cooked and canned in various recepies. Bulgarian cuisine features a variety of salads and soups, the most popular of which are Shopska salad and the cold soup Tarator. It is also notable with its dairy products such as Bulgarian white cheese and yoghurt and pastries – pitka, banitsa, etc. Tempting dishes are prepared from beef, veal, poultry, rabbit, pork and other meats or fish, but a vegetarian can choose something from Bulgarian cuisine as well. As a substantial exporter of lamb, Bulgaria’s own consumption is notable, especially in the spring. Methods of food preparation are different – roasting, stewing, boiling, grilling. Some dishes are prepared in earthenware pots and plates. Bulgaria is also very popular with its wines and the national alcoholic drink “rakia”.
DAY 1 : BG, Varna .(Sightseeing tour of Varna; Varna Winery, between “Albena” and “Golden Sands” resorts in General Kantardzhievo village; Food degustation in “Magic Spring” a traditional national restaurant near Varna; Night in Varna)
Day 2. BG, Varna – Primorie. (Archeological and Ethnographic museums; Euxinograde Winery, located in Euxinograde Park near Varna; Arrival in Pomorie; Bulgarian cuisine; Night in Pomorie)
Day 3. BG, Primorie – Burgas. (Dives Estate Winery, located in Simeonova mound; Dinner and night in Burgas)
The vineyards of Dives Estate stretch along the southeastern slopes of the hilly land between the towns of Pomorie and Aheloy, opening a splendid vista on the seashore. The grapes in the vineyards attain excellent ripeness thanks to moderately hot summers and long autumns. The bright sun, salty sea and unceasing breeze contribute to the unique terroir of our wines. Each grape variety is situated in a separate parcel. To combine all this with the region’s centuries-old wine tradition, we together with microbiologists and specialists oenologists, develop also our own crop of wine yeasts isolated and selected from our vineyards. The excellent cultivation of the grapevine plantations, the modern equipment and wine-making technologies, applied by us, as well as our great desire and zeal, give us reason to be confident in producing our wines and to believe that you will appreciate their unrivalled taste.
Day 4. BG, Burgas – Macin. (Wine degustation at Black Sea Gold – an exceptional winery, located near Pomorie; Dinner and night in Burgas; Travel to Macin)
Black Sea Gold AD has a long history of excellence. The surrounding Pomorie region sets a record of turbulent history and remarkable wine traditions. Located 20 km north of Burgas, Pomorie is considered the center of the best white grapes terroirs in Bulgaria. In addition, the white grapes competitive advantage is greatly enhanced by the proximity to significant quantities of high-quality red grapes. Black Sea Gold production facilities are located at three sites: a wine cellar in the town of Pomorie with two plots, and a second winery in the village of Kableshkovo, close to Pomorie. The Pomorie winery is specialized in production of red wines and wine brandy, the Kableshkovo winery is producing exclusively white wines. Bottling facilities are in Pomorie only. Festa invested more than EUR 15 mln in the wineries after privatization and planted more than 600 ha with high-promise grape varieties. As a result, Black Sea Gold AD introduced new quality products in the premium and super premium price segments. The two wineries are now focused on own brands production and marketing. The old tradition of producing exceptional quality wine brandy is kept alive.
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Day 5. RO, Macin. (Arrival in Macin; Travel by car/bus to Macin; Night in Macin)
Day 6. RO, Macin – Niculitel – Somova. (Travel from Macin to Niculitel; Somova)
The Danube Delta Winery in Somova is located at the edge of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. It is the result of a Romanian – Italian collaboration, to which the De Fillippo winery has brought experience to be valorized in the Dobrogean hilly area.
The Danube Delta Winery business occupies 20 hectares of vineyard, with a newly-constructed winery of 300 square meters. The grape varieties cultivated are: Feteasca, Rkatitel, Riesling, Sauvignon, Muscat Ottonel (for white wines) Merlot, Babeasca, Blauer, Sangiovese (for red wines). The soil is not rich by nature, but rather poor and sandy, though it has been revitalized by the wild plants that have proliferated due to years of neglect. This makes it ideal for a low yield of high quality. Because the land has lain fallow for many years, plants which have grown there spontaneously have enriched the soil in a natural way. The climate is cold in winter, with minimum temperatures of 15/20 degrees below 0, with some rainfall and snow; in summer, it is hot and dry, with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.
Day 7. RO, Somova – Enisala. (Travel from Somova to Enisala)
Day 8. RO, Enisala – Constanta. (Travel from Enisala to Murfatlar and Constanta)
The evening can be spent in Constanta, sightseeing in the Old Town (Ovidiu Square, Seafront, Casino, Cathedral, Mosque) and having dinner in one of the fishery restaurants in the Tomis Marina.
Day 9. RO, Constanta – Ostrov – Odessa. (Travel from Constanta to Ostrov; Travel to Ukraine, Odessa)
The Ostrov Vineyard is a producer of white wine, red wine, rose wine, dry wine, semi-dry wine, or sweet wine. There are 2 centres of wine making with a storage capacity of 130,000 HL. Ostrov Winery (45,000 hl) is located on Regiei Street, Ostrov. This is where wines are stored, bottled and made. Lipnita Winery (85,000 hl) is located just outside Lipnita, 27 km away from Ostrov Winery. Here, wines are only stored. “Domeniile Ostrov” is the “umbrella” brand under which the wines of Ostrov are merchandised. Along with the vineyard, the company also owns nearly 400 hectares of fruit trees and 200 hectares of vegetables. In the Ostrov Vineyard there is the possibility of tasting local wines and traditional menus. Accommodation is also available (tourist pension; restaurant – traditional Dobrogean cuisine), as well as an equestrian amusement complex.
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Taste of Odessa… It is diverse and every time beckons with opportunity to reveal something new, unknown and unusual. Historically, more than 130 nationalities live in the city. Each of them, of course, has made its invaluable contribution to all spheres of life, and over one of them – Odessa cuisine – we are ready to lift the veil of mystery and to tell you about several of the most delicious dishes. Do you know how to create a culinary masterpiece? Unique mix of spices, herbs and ingredients create the unbelievable, inimitable taste and gentle aroma. These things make you remind about it from time to time and cause a desire to try it once again at any cost. What about Odessa? You could definitely ask what is common in this southern city – the “little Paris”, as it was called in the time of Richelieu, with an exquisite culinary masterpiece. It is quite simple. It was created as a mix of nationalities, traditions and gastronomic predilections. On the Black Sea coast, on a small patch of land, at first they gently mixed several styles: roman, gothic, rococo and modern. Then they carefully introduced into the city the French, the Italians, the Greeks, the Turks, the Jews, the Moldavians, the Ukrainians and the Russians. All these were well flavored with real freedom and duty-free importation of goods. And what has happened then? And then all that began to be cooked at the hot, burning sun. Thus, the city appeared – an amazing and unique one. Here they always used to joke, and do it with knobs on!!! Here have always been born geniuses. And here they never despond! Trusting, cheerful, open, hospitable people impress and keep amazing everyone who has ever come to this land of grace. Nobody seems to know how to trade as Odessa people do, nobody can joke better than Odessa people can, and nobody can cook like Odessa people can! Odessa is the city where you yearn to be back, no matter where you are, no matter where you live. Today Odessa is still the largest tourist and cultural center in the South of Ukraine.
Day 10. UA, Odessa. (Odessa Cuisine; Sightseeing tour of Odessa; Opera House; Ukrainian Cuisine)
1. Odessa Cuisine. Odessa kitchen is piquant and colorful. It has its own peculiarity and spice! Having assimilated the best culinary traditions of the representatives of people from different countries all over the world, Odessa cuisine represents colorful mixture of indigenous cultures and tastes. Fragrant like Greek, spicy like Bulgarian, gourmet like French and hearty like Italian, dishes of Odessa cuisine are small culinary masterpieces, delights of the table and pride of each Odessa family! ADDRESSES: Restaurant «KlaraBara» (28, Preobrazhenskaya Str., City Garden), restaurant «Franzol» (City Garden), restaurant «Kompot» (20, Deribasovskaya Str.), Restaurant «Dacha» (85, Frantsuzsky blvrd), restaurant «Pecheskago» (10, Gavannaya Str.), café network «Zakroma», restaurant «Gogol-Mogol» (2, Nekrasova LN), restaurant «Sol’» (27,Bunina Str.), restaurant «Maman» (18, Lanzheronovskaya Str).
3. Moldavian Cuisine. Among a variety of national dishes there are recipes similar to those that occur in Turkish, Greek, Russian and Ukrainian cuisines. Lamb is more preferable for cook of meat dishes but pork or beef is also quite common. Characteristic features of Moldavian cuisine are spicy taste, very attractive presentation of the prepared dishes and great tastes. Moldavian cuisine is famous for abundance of vegetables.
ADDRESSES: Restaurant «Apsheron» (20/3, Fontanskaya doroga Str.), restaurant «Ricco» (84,Balkovskaya Str.)
4. Opera House. Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater – the first theater in Odessa and New Russia at the time of construction, value and popularity. The first building was opened in 1810 and burned down in 1873. The modern building was built in 1887 by the architects Fellner and Helmer in neo- Baroque Vienna. Interior auditorium stylized architecture of the late French rococo. The unique acoustics of the hall allows horseshoe to convey even a whisper from the stage to any part of the room. The full restoration of the theater building was completed in 2007. In the theater, he conducted Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Fedor Chaliapin sang Salome Krushelnytska, Leonid Sobinov danced Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan. Alexander Pushkin mentions Odessa theater in the novel “Eugene Onegin”. The magazine «Forbes» included the Odessa theater list of the most unusual sights of Eastern Europe. In the evening you can visit the theater, by going to the ballet or opera.
5. Ukrainian Cuisine. The most famous dish of Ukrainian cuisine has been and always will be a borsch! Having kept the overall integrity, Ukrainian cuisine is not certainly devoid of significant regional differences. Perhaps, there is a beauty of all national cuisines, when the same dishes are prepared in each locality, in each region with the use of specific technology and has its own special and unique taste. History of the Ukrainian cuisine is very interesting and unusual. In the middle ages the territory of the present-day Ukraine was subjected to constant robber raids of nomads from Asia and the Middle East. In its turn, it has impacted on the character set of traditional Ukrainian dishes. Nomads stole all the cattle from the occupied lands, but left pigs that Muslims and Jews considered to be “unclean” animals. This fact saved many Ukrainians during the hard years. Therefore Ukrainians’ love to fat has historical justification. In some cities of Ukraine evenmonuments to a pig are erected! “To eternal wet-nurse of Ukrainian people” – the inscription on one of them says.
ADDRESSES: Restaurant «Kumanets» (7, Havannaya Str.), restaurant «Ukrainskaya Lasunka» (17, Deribasovskaya Str.), restaurant «Khutorok» (1-a, Lanzheron Beach), café “Puzata Khata” (21, Deribasovskay Str.).
Day 11. UA, Odessa. (Visit “Privoz”; Museum of cognac business N.L. Shustov; Dolphinarium NEMO)
3. Museum of cognac business N.L. Shustov. Here you’ll visit Museum opened in honor of the 150th anniversary of Shustov. In 1990 the Shustov’s brandy won the Grand Prix at the World Exhibition in Paris. From that time Shustov was honored to write “cognac”, not “brandy” at its products. You will enjoy tasting of 5 types of vintage cognac. Cognac – a truly divine drink. For nearly four hundred years of its production fanned many secrets. A grand experience of generations. The knowledge collected bit by bit. Skill, honed over the years and centuries. This is what hides from the eyes of the uninitiated brandy – the drink-history, the beverage of legend. To lift the veil of secrecy over the birth of cognac offers only Ukrainian Museum of cognac business N.L. Shustov. It is located in the historic heart of the city – in the old basements Odessa Cognac Factory. Exhibits unique collections date back to the end XIX – early XX century.
Day 12. UA, Odessa – Shabo – Belgorod-Dnestrovsky. (Wine Cultural Center Shabo; Fortress of Belgorod-Dnestrovsky)
See, feel, taste and have experience of all the Shabo stands for and take some very special memories away with you:
-Inside the Dionysus fountain – the symbol of Shabo – you can actually touch the miracle of wine-making.
-Experience the passion of Andalusia in the 200 year old sherry cellar.
-Discover the fascinating history of Shabo in specially commissioned film “featuring” the Swiss wine-maker Louis Tardent -the founder and first mayor of Shabo.
-Explore ancient legends associated with wine and test your sense of direction in our unusual museum labyrinth.
-Walk in footsteps of Alexander Pushkin and the King of Romania as you visit the unique King’s Cellar, built almost two centuries ago by the Swiss colonist.
-Witness the wine-making process itself with its balance of traditions and innovations.
-Taste Shabo wines – the result of tender care and unique terrain between the sea and the river estuary.
-Finish the tasting with some culinary surprises, made especially for you at the Centre of Wine Culture’s restaurant.