The story of

Villa Velis

Villa Velis officially opened its doors in July 2021, establishing itself as a home to fine wine and contemporary art. Villa Velis is part of the Bulgarian-German winemaking project Velis Vineyards, which began in 2010 with the preservation and recultivation of old vines in the heart of the Upper Thracian Valley. Today, Velis Vineyards comprises 36 hectares of Bulgarian vineyards, planted with French grape varieties. 


About us

Villa Velis is located in Karabunar village, Pazardzhik Province, just a one-hour drive from the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Villa Velis is open throughout the year and offers wine tastings, winery tours, art events and exclusive experiences.

At the winery’s gourmet shop, visitors can find the full “Villa Velis” wine selection, as well as a range of exclusive German wine labels like Weingut Engel, Weingut Scherner – Kleinhans and VDP.Sekthaus Raumland.

Apart from being home to premium wines and fine dining, the winery hosts contemporary art festivals, theatre performances, concerts and exhibitions.

Guests can enjoy a relaxed stay at “Villa Velis Hotel”, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards and the Rhodope mountains. The hotel consists of 8 double rooms, 2 apartments, spa centre and an open-air pool.

The ideals that makeVilla Velis

Villa Velis is committed to ensuring high quality in every step of the winemaking process – from work in the vineyards and care for each grape through to craftsmanship in the design of every bottle.
The preservation of old vines helped us uncover the true potential of the terroir and shaped our vision for the future. For us, sustainability means listening to the nature and learning from it, giving back, and supporting the land, and the people.
Our love for nature is the main reason why we created Velis Vineyards. In the words of the German playwright and poet Friedrich Hebbel, “Wine is the noblest embodiment of the spirit of nature”.
Wine is an artform in itself. Villa Velis supports talented artists and is an avenue for change. Our art events explore the links between fine wine and performance by challenging, provoking and creating affect.

Villa Velis
Our wines

Our wines impress with structure, character, and aging potential. From elegant mineral whites through to complex multidimensional reds. The Reservas age in French oak barrels, which contributes to their well-integrated tannic structure.

History at a glance

2009 year

The Founding of Villa Vineyards

2009 year

2010 year

Acquisition of Areas

2011 year

Clearing and Soil Preparation

2011 year

2013 year

First Vine Plantings

2014 year

Creation of the First Vintage

2014 year

2016 year

Entry into the Market and the First Awards

2017 year

Opening of the German Winery

2017 year

2019 year

Opening of the Winery "Villa Velis" in Karabunar (BG)

Acquisition of Vineyards (DE)

2020 year

Opening of the New Wine Cellar (DE)

2020 year

2021 year

Opening of our new Vinotheque (DE)