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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Kadarka

    History of the grape: Kadarka is a dark-skinned, red grape that is best known as the main varietal in that Hungarian ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • 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

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  • Dives Winery 2013


    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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  • MJ - These are $10-$20 wines being poured at the Water Park, so nothing too ... a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bulgaria that was decent.  I too had problems posting pictures, but trying it again worked.  It must have been a server problem with the site.  Glad to hear you're having a great time on vacation.  Our weather yesterday was perfect, but it... Read More

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  • Somehow the US Navy needs to get involved, too. Destroyer, sub and SEALS, at ... ... and wineries of Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece. We won't want to see what the producers and director do to the script, anyway. Maybe out of guilt the producers will lend us their yacht to support our ongoing vinous research. Drown our shame in wine, soon to forg... Read More

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  • I've got a sri lankan wine dinner in a few weeks and was going to use the ... something from Hungary or Bulgaria such as spatbegunder or Blaubegund Read More

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  • Vino Budimir Triada 2007


    Nobody knows better how to create special label. This wine maker love what they are doing, and it shows in this label. Love the mixture and how it came out. Read More

    Wine review by VINARIJA TOPICH

  • Telish Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


    castra rubra Read More

    Wine review by DYT

  • Bandol Rose Pibarnon 2012


    Lathams party with salad. Very dry and excellent. Would buy again Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Pendar Castra Rubra Telish 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

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