Bulgarian Wine

 

The history of wine-making in the country of Bulgaria began at least 3000 years ago with the ancient Thracians. They traded what was then a dense, sweet wine from native grapes to the Greeks. During the Roman era, techniques improved and this was likely when white wines were introduced. In the 9th century, Bulgaria embraced the Christian religion as it spread through Europe. It is said that certain villages, such as Asenovgrad, were spared during the Crusades because of appreciation for the local wine. Wine trade spread throughout Europe during the 14th and 15th centuries. When the Ottomans occupied Europe, wine production in Bulgaria could mostly continue because of a loophole in Muslim law allowing sacramental wines. Wine continued to thrive until the end of the 19th century when the worldwide Phylloxera blight hit the country.
 
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Varietals Produced in Bulgaria View all

  • Mavrud

    Mavrud (Bulgarian: мавруд, from Greek, mavro, "black") is a red wine grape that is used as both a blending grape and ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Bulgaria

Popular Wineries in Bulgaria View all

  • Château Todoroff

    We create unique products, meeting the specific requirements of each individual client. We don't ...

  • Terra Tangra Ltd

    Family owned winery

  • Damianitza

    The Winery Damianitza was founded in 1940, just before the Second World War and for over half a ...

  • Lopoushna

    "Winery Lopushna" is located in the beautiful and enchanting nature of the village ...

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Bulgaria on Snooth

  • Bio Mavrud & Rubin 2014

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    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Bessa Valley Enira Red 2010

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    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • RC - I will also have an open mind with regard to the Thracian Valley in Bulgaria.  That one we tried at the party was drinking well above what I think they paid for it. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Our Balkan wine tasting party was a success tonight.  One wine was ... ... these wines and the red from Bulgaria was determined to be the best of the batch.  One wine was a mistake - a wine from Lebanon.  Oh well, you live and learn.Oh, Sandra knitted the 'pussy hats'.  We use these during our protests in Washington D Read More

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  • Well that's a bullshit map, in historical, cultural, ethnic, geopolitical ... ... The former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania, basically. Problem states, all split up and 'balkanized', and which used to be included within the earlier Austro-Hungarian Empire.Wine grapes and culture differ drastically across them, and they have virtually no rel... Read More

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  • So Al, why did you include Hungary with the Balkans? Might as well add Austria and Bulgaria and Romania if you're going historical back to that old Empire. If you're talking wine similarities, then that's another kettle of fish. And of course Crete is way off in another direction. Why not Greece (not usually considered 'the Balkans')? Then how a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic hello i am new


  • Hey Charine, Thanks for the tips on the lesser known regions. I'm ... ... ... out to Georgia, Moldova, Bulgaria and maybe Armenia too. Would love to learn more about your experiences and explorations. Where are you base Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hey Charine, Thanks for the tips on the lesser known regions. I'm ... ... ... out to Georgia, Moldova, Bulgaria and maybe Armenia too. Would love to learn more about your experiences and explorations. Where are you base Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Dives Winery 2013

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    This had an odd petrol nose on the initial whiff but after a minute of swirling it bleed off to reveal raspberry, pomegranite, floral nose of roses, light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - 86 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • RC - I tried all the red wines we poured at the Wine in the Water Park event; I ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Bulgaria was my favorite.  The Tilia Malbec is good too.  I would drink it if the Cabernet Sauvignon wasn't available.&nbs Read More

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  • I am looking for cheap but quality wine to market in West Africa. Any one interested.It is cash and carry but cheap with good quality in other to compete favourably with chinese wine. labim03@yahoo.com

    Comment by 1064097Atanda 1064097 Atanda


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