Yakata is a grape-growing and winemaking association which incorporates, in the capacity of its members, wineries of the region of the Rodopska Yaka (the Rhodopean Collar). This is an area at the foot of the Rhodope Mountains, or the sunlit strip of land that stretches along the mountains – from the river Chaya to the river Vacha, and south of the river Maritsa to the Rhodope Mountains. The region is characterized by specific peculiarities of soil and climate, which distinguish it from the rest of the wine-producing regions. It owes its uniqueness to the combination of such factors as the structure of our soils, temperature, air humidity and amount of rainfall. These factors are significantly influenced by both the geographical location in the south of Bulgaria and the proximity to the Rhodope Mountains, the Mediterranean Sea etc.
The territory covered by Yakata was differentiated as a microregion with exceptionally favourable conditions for development of wine-production as early as 1996 by an international team of scientists including the French expert Prof. D-r Jean-Claude Jacquinet, with the support of the United Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Bulgaria. However, it was not then that the history of our region began. Actually, the foundations were laid 5,000 years ago when the Thracians made wine in these lands – a fact that rates us among one of the first wine-producing regions in the world.
Our objective is, by means of association of the wineries in Yakata, to be able to present to our clients’ attention a region with a difference - more specific and differentiated, a region that would guarantee the properties of the wine offered on the grounds of strict membership criteria, among which are the following: possession of own winery in Yakata, possession of own vineyards within the boundaries of Yakata, production of wine maintaining the highest possible standards and uncompromisingly high quality.