Wine from Bulgaria may not be as well-known as from other European wine regions, but it has a long and rich history dating back to ancient times. Wine was produced here as early as the 4th century BC. The country is characterized by a variety of grape varieties (Mavrud, Gamza, and Melnik), some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. This is complemented by interesting natural conditions and distinctive winemaking styles, which have led to the development of a wide range of high-quality wines.
However, the Bulgarian wine industry also struggles with a lack of recognition and investment, leading to a shortage of modern winemaking technologies and limited distribution of Bulgarian wines outside the country. After all, in the Czech Republic, the most famous Bulgarian wine is probably just “Bear’s Blood.” Climate change with extreme weather fluctuations has also led to a reduction in grape yields and quality. However, local wine, along with beer, is an essential part of Bulgarian cuisine.
Mavrud from Todoroff Winery 2020
Mavrud is one of the typical Bulgarian wine varieties. The winery was founded in 1945, then nationalized, and the current owner extensively modernized it in 2001. It focuses on the production of high-quality red wines. The cellars are located in the famous wine village of Brestovitsa. Vivino rating: 3.7/5.
Cycle Syrah from Minkov Brothers Winery 2018
Minkov Brothers Winery was founded in 1875. They won their first medals at international competitions after 19 years of hard work and absolute dedication. The current wines from the Cycle collection strive to offer an irresistible price/performance ratio in bottles with attractive labels that catch the eye at first glance. Vivino rating 3.7/5.
Contemplations Sauvignon Blanc from Katarzyna Winery 2020
Katarzyna Winery is located in the southernmost part of Bulgaria. The area is exceptionally suitable for wine cultivation, located at the same latitude as some of the most famous wine regions in Europe. The winery building is divided into three levels, allowing for gravitational transport of grapes and wine. The winery’s cellar has the best available technological equipment necessary for modern wine production. It is the largest Bulgarian cellar using the microvinification method (fermentation in small, special barrels, about the size of a 50 l beer barrel). Vivino rating: 3.8/5.
All wines cost approximately 6.80 EUR and were very drinkable. I would like to gradually explore other local varieties on future trips.
Enjoy Bulgarian wine and drink responsibly!