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Ruse wines

Fast forward past some very bad times - notably privatisation of the vineyards and a drastic drop in quality for many wines, way below even the cheap and cheerful level - to today, now wine experts are telling us Bulgaria is a on roll again.

The Danubian Plain or North Bulgarian region encompasses the south banks of the Danube and the central and western parts of the Danubian Plain. The region is home to the fine wineries of Suhindol and Ruse. The climate of the area is temperate continental, has a hot summer and many sunny days a year. High quality wines are produced from a variety of different grapes, both reds as well as whites.

The reds are made from the local Gumza and from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties. Talking of Gumza, in 1908 the first independent vine-growing and wine-producing cooperative company in Bulgaria was established ‘Gumza’. Nowadays there is great demand for the red Suhindol Gumza on the international market as well as the local one and it is one of the best sold Bulgarian wines.

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the most prominent whites. The most typical local styles are Muscat Ottonel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Aligoté, Pamid and the local Gumza.

Where to stay where to eat

All in the heart of Ruse City:
Hotel Anna Palace, 3-Star
The ‘Anna Palace’ hotel is situated in the immediate proximity of the river Danube. From its terraces the guests can enjoy a beautiful panorama to the European river. Opposite the hotel is the International passenger port - the River station, the archaeological complex ‘Sexaginta Prista’, Elias Kannety’s house. Not far from it are the administrative and commercial centres of the town
Hotel Danube Plaza, 4-Star Hotel
Delightful terrace with views of the city’s central garden. Children’s playground in the summer. Located on the central square in the heart of the administrative, artistic and commercial area
Hotel Splendid, 3-Star
Hotel Splendid is a three star hotel, situated in the centre of Ruse within walking distance of all administrative buildings   
Hotel Bistra & Galina, 3-Star Hotel
Excellent restaurant with international cuisine. Good selection of wines. Summer garden

Eating and drinking
Happy - Freedom Square - one of the best examples of this chain, with lots of outside seating, great service, and the usual Happy menu
Chiflika - near Battenburg square – excellent traditional mexana with food portions for both ‘thin’ and ‘very hungry’ customers, live music, great atmosphere, very busy at weekends and holidays
Strandjita - another traditional mehana with extensive menu and live music, in basement just off the main Alexandrovska street
Danube Hotel Restaurant and Garden - three restaurants in one - barbecue, a la carte, and mexana, with large garden during summer; live music.
Pizza Roma - now with two locations in the city, a new upmarket restaurant near Chiflika
Mehana ‘Zlatniat Rog’ - serves traditional Bulgarian cuisine. Our thanks go to them for preparing a delicious Moussaka for us, even though it wasn’t on the menu. Check out our Moussaka recipe

Travel
Bus, railway and river transport services the inter-town and international connections of the town. There are regular bus lines to Sofia, Varna, Pleven, Veliko Turnovo, Shoumen, Razgrad, Turgovishte and a lot of other towns and villages of the country. There are two bus stations functioning in the town - Iztok (East) Bus Station (10, Ivan Vedar Street) and Yug (South) Bus Station (156, Alexander Stamboliiski Square).

Ruse is the initial station of two railway lines: Ruse - Gorna Oryahovitsa - Stara Zagora - Podkova and Ruse - Kaspichan - Varna. It is connected through these to the national railway network. There are two railway stations in the town - one in the eastern part and the Central Railway Station. There is a town railway ticket bureau and an office for sleeping car reservations.

There is town bus and trolley bus transport within Ruse city.
Ruse Tourist Office:
61 Alexandrovska Str
On the Internet: www.tic.rousse.bg (English language version available)