Struma River Valley, Bulgaria
The Orbelus project begins in 2000 when the first 1ha of land were acquired in the territory of Kapatovo, a village situated in the Struma Valley, at the foot of the mountain of Pirin. The mountain also gave to the brand its name – Orbelus, as it was called by the Thracians who inhabited the region in the past.
Gradually until 2010 the company acquired more than 20ha, divided in 20 separate plots in the territories of the villages of Kromidovo, Kapatovo, Marikostinovo and Harsovo, each of them with its specific terroir characteristics, thus contributing to the richness of Orbelus wines.
The grape varieties cultivated – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache Noir, Primitivo, Petit Verdot, Marselan, Mourvedre, Viognier, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris – are chosen with a view to the climate particularities and the soil composition.
Special attention is given to the cultivation of the traditional for the region grape variety – Early Melnik. (aka Melnik 55)
The company’s objective is to produce high quality red and white wines in a nature conscious manner, guaranteeing its products’ ecological purity. Hence, all vines used in making the Orbelus brand wines are certified in accordance with the Bulgarian and European legal requirements for the production of organic grapes.