During the 18th century, in the age of the Bulgarian Revival, the Melnik turned into a blooming town, with a large market and thriving population. The local tradesmen were selling their goods in Budapest, Wien, Genoa, Venice. Melnik became famous in Europe for its unique wine, which is symbolic for the town even nowadays.
Melnik is home to some of the most vivid architectural monuments preserved to this day in Bulgaria. One of the oldest houses on the Balkan Peninsula is the Boyar’s House, which was a residence of Despot Alexius Slav. Two other houses which are architectural monuments of the Revival period are the Kordopulova House and the Pashova House. The Pashova House was built in 1815 and currently it is being restored.
The Kordopulova House is the largest building from that period in the country. It was built in 1754 and it was owned by the rich family Kordopulovi, who were involved in wine production. The cellars excavated under the house, with their constant temperature and ventilation, were used for preparing and growing the renowned Melnik wine.
Melnik is declared a Natural and Architectural Reserve, and it attracts thousands of tourists every year. The high-quality wine produced in Melnik has scents of ripe cherry, herbs, and in the presence of an oak it develops nuances of tobacco and leather. It is one of the attractions of the town, and it attracts many admirers from the whole world.