Edoardo Miroglio Wine Cellar was established in 2002 in the region of Elenovo village – about 15 km to the south-east of the city of Nova Zagora.
Grape-growing and wine-making have been traditional for the region ever since Thracian times. Many ancient authors have praised the Thracian wine, and the recipe has been passed from father to son for generations.
In 2002 Edoardo Miroglio, a well known Italian producer of textile products and wines, discovered in the Thracian region of Bulgaria the perfect soil and climatic conditions for production of quality wines. After elaborate analyses and soil tests in the micro-region of Elenovo village, he found that the terroir of Elenovo is unique for Bulgaria and is equally good for cultivating both red and white grape varieties. As a result of this, he decided to establish there one of the best modern wineries in the region.
So far, almost 22 million euros have been invested in Edoardo Miroglio wine cellar. The winery released its first production in October 2005. A team of Italian and Bulgarian specialists, headed by the worldwide recognized oenologist, Mr Marco Monchiero, manages the whole process.
The winery itself is an intriguing combination of an ancient-looking exterior naturally blending with the environment, and modern technologies and state-of-the-art equipment. The cellar is surrounded by vineyards spreading on rolling hills, a natural lake and green lawns, which provide excellent conditions for development of wine-tourism. A luxury guest house with a restaurant and a tasting room facilitates this feature and contributes to the memorable impressions from the winery. The internal design and furnishing of the guest house represent a unique symbiosis of traditional Bulgarian and antique Italian styles.
As of the present moment, on the extremely suitable soil of Elenovo, over 220 hectares of vineyards of elite French and Bulgarian grape varieties have been planted. Some of the varieties cultivated by Edoardo Miroglio wine cellar are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Mavrud, Rubin, and Melnik 55.
Above the "Edoardo Miroglio" wine cellar is the hotel Soli Invicto (the unconquerable sun). It has 10 elegantly furnished rooms, a tasting room, restaurant and lobby bar.
The annual production capacity of Edoardo Miroglio Wine Cellar is approximately 1 million liters of wine. The production cycle covers all technological operations - from primary grape processing to wine bottling. The main equipment of Edoardo Miroglio wine cellar has been supplied by leading Italian and French producers of winemaking equipment and technology. The management and quality control of the production is performed by a state-of-the-art laboratory. The process of ageing and maturing takes place in high-quality French oak barrels, which are essential to the style of the wines produced.
The winery is specialized in the production of quality white, rosé and red wines, as well as sparkling wine (Traditional Method) – white and rosé. The three major brands produced by the winery are: EDOARDO MIROGLIO (premium brand), SANT’ ILIA and SAINT ILIA ESTATE (commercial brands). EM (Edoardo Miroglio) is the premium brand and it is mostly distributed in selected hotels and restaurants, as well as specialized wine stores, while Sant’Ilia and Saint Ilia Estate are commercial brands designated for the domestic and export markets.