Wine Museum – Pleven
The Wine Museum is a museum of wine and viticulture located in Pleven, a city in north central Bulgaria. Opened on 17 September 2008, the museum occupies a natural cave amidst Pleven’s Kaylaka park, some 5 kilometres from the city center. The opening of the museum was the result of a collaboration between Bulgarian and French architects, designers and oenologists, as well as curators from the Pleven Panorama and the Pleven Regional Historical Museum. The cave which houses the museum lies in the vicinity of the Totleben’s Rampart Reservoir, and has five galleries and a total area of 650 square meters.
The Wine Museum’s collection includes over 6,000 bottles of Bulgarian wine from all viticultural regions of the country, which are available for tasting and purchase. In addition, the museum boasts the country’s largest collection of over 7,000 old wines (ranging from 30 to 90 years in age). The museum’s historical hall exhibits items related to vine growing and wine making in the Bulgarian lands from ancient Thracian times until today. The wine cellar offers wines from all Bulgarian regions stored in 100 wine barrels made of French oak. The museum’s wine collection is owned by Plamen Petkov, a major local vineyard owner, who has invested over $300,000 in temperature control systems, flooring and lighting for the cave which houses the museum.