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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  • Kadarka

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Hi,actually you are good:-) Enira is a brand of Bessa Valley, south part Bulgaria, the Reaserve 2006 is a coupage of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Midalidare is the winnery, quite new and small, they have excellent reds, like the Cabernet Sauvingnon with Petit Verdot 2010 for example.I will come back with some pictures, thanks... Read More

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  • My name is Serban, from Bucharest, Romania, wine lover for a long time:-) more ... ... I like red wines, having Bulgaria very close I taste often that region.Cheers Read More

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  • Boyar Cabernet Sauvignon Bulgaria Veni Vidi Vici Vini 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  •   Melnik is Bulgaria’s ancient winemaking center, where wine cellars are dug straight into the sandstones cliffs surrounding the town. Melnik is renowned for its dramatic landscape, its warm dry weather and its native varietal, Shiroka Melnishka Loza, which is grown nowhere else in the world. Its houses sit atop stone walls that once protected t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Town Of Melnik

  • Targovishte Muscat 2011


    Sweet but not overpoweringly so. A bit of a menthol taste though. It even tastes somewhat alcoholic. Read More

    Wine review by Kyle Graynor

  • Targovishte Black Sea Coastal Riesling 2011


    A little green on the nose and spicy with shades of pear peel, green tea and lightly dried grass. This is pretty dry with just the faintest suggestion of sweetness balancing the acidity here. There are nice, fresh flavors of earthy apricot and apple peels on the palate along with a spritz of steely minerality that pretty much dominates the moder... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Pendar Castra Rubra Telish 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Sakar Merlot 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rosé 2010


    I never liked Rose wines. i tried this wine and i knew that it wouldnt be my last rose. I loved this wine. i can drink this any warm summer day. Pairs great with berries and watermelon. Read More

    Wine review by Bsberlin22

  • Telish Merlot 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

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