About us

Our mission

We, the wine-makers from Bessa Valley, are inspired by this place as much as the Bessians were 2500 years ago.

Now we are the Bessians! It is our destiny to grow the vines of the Valley and make great wine from their fruit year after year.

Everything is done with the greatest respect for the nature, the people, the vines and its fruit. We are not in a hurry. We are not losing the harmony.


“I believe this is the philosophy of a Bordeaux resident – the intelligent collection of different sorts provides and brings a richer, more complex and harmonic wine. Today, many wines are sold which are labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay… However, this is not what my wine culture is about.”

Count Stephan von Neipperg



Count Stephan von Neipperg was born in June 1957 in Schwaigern, Germany.

He graduated Business, Economics and Politics in Paris, and later Winery and Oenology in Montpelier.

He is the owner of six wine cellars in Bordeaux: Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe), La Mondotte (Saint-Emilion), Chateau Clos de l’Oratoire (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe), Chateau Peyreau (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru), Chateau d’Aiguilhe (Cotes de Castillon), and Clos Marsalette (Pessac-Leognan).

The Neipperg family has been growing vines and making wines for 800 years.

Dr Karl-Heinz Hauptmann was born in August 1960 in Gelnhausen, Germany.

He is the founder of Telor Capital Management – a private equity manager with its seat in Prague, Czech Republic. He was Managing Director of Merrill Lynch in London and Vice-President of the London Bankers Trust International.

Dr Hauptmann is the main shareholder of Bessa Valley Winery


Marc Dworkin was born in February 1961 in Paris.

He graduated Biochemistry in Paris and Oenology in Bordeaux. He has worked for famous French wineries like Chateau Clarke, Cote Montpezat, Chateau Larmande and Chateau Bellefont-Belcier for seventeen years. Marc Dworkin arrived in Bulgaria in 1999 as a consultant, and has contributed for the renewing of the Bulgarian wines.

Ivailo Antonov was born in February 1970 in Blagoevgrad.

He graduated from the Medical Academy – Sofia, MA in general medicine and South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, MA in Marketing and Advertising. He has worked as Marketing Manager for DIAGEO Bulgaria – owner of the brands Johnnie Walker Red Label, Johnnie Walker Black Label, J&B, Smirnoff, Baileys and many others. He has worked also as Commercial Director of EMMIS Bulgaria.

Currently he is an Executive Director of «Bessa Valley”.


Ivo Evgeniev is a highly experienced regional investor and entrepreneur who has led successful investments in telecoms, IT services, construction materials, property, hospitality and leisure, paper, food and agriculture.

Ivo Evgeniev holds an MBA from INSEAD and master degrees from the Technical University (Sofia) and the University for National and World Economy (Sofia)

Spas Shopov

Mr. Shopov is a Master of Science in Finance from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. Mr.Shopov is a highly experienced investor and entrepreneur, who made a successful turn-around of KAI Group ceramic tile producer and developed it

From an insufficient small operation into the largest regional manufacturer of wall and floor tiles and porcelain tiles with revenues of more than EUR 75 million.