Four Friends winery

Four Friends winery

Region: Thracian valley PGI (Protected Geographic Indication)

Sub-region: Gorno Botevo, East - Thracian valley

Oenologist: Peter Iliev 

Grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Grenach

Brands: Four Friends, ZITARA, Morgentau

Soil: sand and loam

Annual production: 40 ha (capacity for 300 000 bottles, certified organic since 2020)

The name and logo of the winery represent the idea of four friends who, united by their common love of wine, decided to revive the delicious flavors of wine in a region with a deep tradition of winemaking.

The Four Friends winery is located near the village Gorno Botevo, 15 km east of city of Stara Zagora. The area is part of the Thracian Valley wine region, one of the places called the cradle of wine production and famous for its excellent terroir. Around the winery are 40 acres of vineyards with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Mourvèdre (en premiur) and Petit Verdot. Planting began in 2006 and continued until 2015. Organic viticulture began in 2015 and, as of 2020, all of the winery's vineyards are certified organic.

The climate is mild, temperate continental, with many sunny days (more than 3,000 hours of sunshine, more than 120 days a year). 

The winery's team has been led for 15 years by chief technologist Petar Iliev, who follows the entire process, from planting to bottling the wine. Agronomists and oenologists strictly monitor the quality of the product through the winery's modern laboratory.

The wines at the Four Friend winery are produced using classical technologies with a lot of handwork, which largely determines the quality of the wine. The wines of the winery are presented in 3 series - Four Friends, Zitara and Morgentau and have been awarded over the years at international exhibitions and in traditional competitions in Bulgaria.

Who are the people behind these wines?


Veneta Bakardzjieva                   Petar Iliev                   Slav Tsenov

            Technolog                                 Chef Technolog                     Commercial Directer

When we asked the team "What are the most important qualities you must have to make quality wine?" they answered almost unanimously.

Peter Iliev - Four Friends - Chef Winemaker - from 2012 

For him, winemaking is not just a job, it is his lifestyle. He applies new technologies to classic winemaking and experiments with different grapes and methods. His favorites are Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. He is also the first winemaker in Bulgaria to introduce single vineyard Mourvèdre in 2013, which later received the gold Mundus Vini medal.

Black Shadow 2019 - Four Friends

Black Shadow 2019 - Four Friends

'Black Shadow' is the name of the top blend from the Four Friends winery. This is a 'single vineyard..

€ 24.90 Ex Tax: € 20.58

Zitara Chardonnay 2021 - Four Friends

Zitara Chardonnay 2021 - Four Friends

Among the many blue grape varieties in the Thracian Valley region, there is a white variety that is ..

€ 12.90 Ex Tax: € 10.66

Zitara Mavrud 2016 - Four Friends

Zitara Mavrud 2016 - Four Friends

Mavrud wine, which Bulgaria is so renowned for, especially in the region where the Four Friends wine..

€ 16.90 Ex Tax: € 13.97

Zitara Mourvedre 2018 - Four Friends

Zitara Mourvedre 2018 - Four Friends

The Mourvèdre grape, also known as Monastrell in Spain, is a grape variety mainly grown in the regio..

€ 17.50 Ex Tax: € 14.46

Zitara Rosé Mourvèdre & Grenache 2022 - Four Friends

Zitara Rosé Mourvèdre & Grenache 2022 - Four Friends

Zitara Rosé made from Grenache and Mourvèdre, sourced from organic and selected parcels specifically..

€ 12.50 Ex Tax: € 10.33

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