The history of Bononia Estate is like a journey through the ages, starting from the times of the Roman Empire. At the end of 19th century one of the first breweries in the country was created on the site of Bononia Estate, but in the years since 1989 it sank into oblivion. In 2013, already in modern Bulgaria, it was revived as a winery with modern technologies by a family that love their country and are committed to doing business here. They are people who are in love with aviation and are guided by the belief that you should let your spirit fly in order to realise your dreams.
The young and rapidly growing company is named after the ancient Roman fortress, situated along the Danube river - Bononia (nowadays the city of Vidin). Over the centuries Bononia bravely defended the province of Upper Mizia. Later it was upgraded and turned into the Baba Vida fortress, proudly guarding the north-western border of Bulgaria - one of the oldest countries in Europe, that has not changed its name to the present day. The Balkan country is well-known in the region not only with the longest mountain range, that gave its name to the Balkan peninsula, but also as one of the places on the European continent where the first wines have originated.
In 1895, captivated by the scenic nature and the soft water of the Danube river, Victor Olinger, a Hungarian, created one of the oldest breweries in Bulgaria, in the village of Koshava. Thanks to the state support for winemakers, the brewery was converted into a wine cellar for liqueur wines with its own vineyards.
After 1989 this region of Bulgaria seemed to be forgotten. Until 2010, when captivated by the eco-friendly area, the Yotov family decided to support a reviving of the wine industry in the region and to build a complete production cycle.
In 2013 they planted the first 100 acres of young vines and today the vineyards are stretching onto 270 acres. The owners' intent is their plantations to reach 370 acres, formed according to the pruning system established by Dr. Guyot which allows growing different varieties of grape such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer, Viognier, Riesling, Muscat, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah as well as the traditional for the region Bulgarian Gamza. Young vines are carefully selected from Italy and France in accordance with international customer demand.
2016 is the year when Bononia Estate launched its first wine brands - ISTAR, Ooh La la, Gomotartzi and Bononia Estate Reserve. 2019 will see the completed construction of the cellar with hotel rooms in the village of Koshava. When the full fertility of vineyards is reached, over 600,000 bottles of wine will be produced in the cellar.
Yotov family's dream is not only to build one of the best wineries in Eastern Europe but also to help restore and strengthen the positions of Bulgarian wine around the world. Guided by the principle that you need motivated employees to create a sustainable business, they provide training and employment to local residents, supporting the development of viticulture class in the professional school of agriculture in the village of Dunavtsi and using their international relations from foreign trade, achieved over the past 25 years, to promote the region of Vidin.
To implement their goals, Bononia Estate hires well-established professionals who methodically create sustainable symbiosis between historical heritage and most innovative technologies in the sector.