Bulgarian wines

Bulgaria, although far behind in the ranking of the most famous or prestigious wine producers, certainly ranks among the most prolific and has one of the longest histories of viticulture and winemaking - 

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Epic 2015
Black Sea region, Bulgaria
Traminer
BGN 17.90
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Сингъл Барел Шардоне 2015
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Chardonnay
BGN 65.00
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Рубин Гран Резерва 2013
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Rubin
BGN 105.00
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Совиньон Блан Царев Брод 2019
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Sauvignon Blanc
BGN 15.90
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Ризлинг 2018
Black Sea region, Bulgaria
Riesling
BGN 23.90
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Розе Пино Ноар & Каберне Фран 2019
Black Sea region, Bulgaria
Pinot Noir
BGN 25.90
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Драгомир Розе Сарва 2019
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 17.90
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Колорито Виноние Марсан Русан 2018
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Viognier
BGN 20.10
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Рубин Handpressed 2018
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Rubin
BGN 35.90
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Сира Сингъл Барел Либера Естейт 2018
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Syrah
BGN 59.00
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Орбелия Виа Аристотелис Розе 2019
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 14.00
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Загрей Хенд Мейд Памид 2018 2018
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Pamid
BGN 17.60
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Далаков Квеври Мискет 2019
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Miscet
BGN 22.00
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Совиньон Блан Васил Левски 2019
Rose Valley, Bulgaria
Sauvignon Blanc
BGN 21.90
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Драгомир Бял Бленд Сарва 2019
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 17.90
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Мидалидаре Мулти Винтидж 2019
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Syrah
BGN 53.90
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Мидалидаре Каберне Совиньон & Мерло & Малбек & П ... 2016
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Malbec
BGN 73.00
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Ямантиеви Пино Ноар 2018
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Pinot Noir
BGN 12.50
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Загрей Хенд Мейд Мавруд и Каберне Совиньон 2019
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Mavrud
BGN 19.80
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Ямантиеви Каберне Совиньон Резерва 2018
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 14.50
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Incanto Black в луксозна кутия 2017
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 36.90
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Росиди Шардоне Egg fermented 2018
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Chardonnay
BGN 19.90
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Росиди Пино Ноар 2017
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Pinot Noir
BGN 24.90
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Нерагора Каберне Совиньон и Мавруд 2013
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 29.00
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Нерагора Мавруд Резерва 2016
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Mavrud
BGN 43.00
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Братанов Шардоне Белослава 2018
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Chardonnay
BGN 21.90
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Братанов Бяла Симбиоза 2019
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Tamianka
BGN 9.90
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Borovitza Evmolpia 2016
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
BGN 17.90
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Санта Сара Сноувайн Ризлинг 0.375мл. 2014
Black Sea region, Bulgaria
Riesling
BGN 48.90
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Гергана Царев Брод 2020
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Gergana
BGN 15.90
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Санта Сара Шардоне 2019
Black Sea region, Bulgaria
Chardonnay
BGN 23.90
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Rose Anita Rusalii 2020
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Broad-Leaved Melnik
BGN 11.90
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VNYRD Reserva Damyanov 2016
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Merlot
BGN 26.90
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Шардоне Царев Брод 2015
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Chardonnay
BGN 15.90
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Розе от Пино Ноар Бетър Халф 2019
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Pinot Noir
BGN 22.00
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Solaris Haralambievi 2020
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Соларис
BGN 15.90

over 4000 years, proven by the found ancient wine vessels  (the rythons) and historical information from the time of the Thracians. During the communist regime, the state became the world's third largest wine producer, exporting mainly to Russia and Western European countries, particularly Britain. This is also the time of active planting of the French varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and abandonment of endemic species. After the fall of the regime, the deteriorating quality and the reduction of production gradually led to the loss of these positions and markets. Today, however, there is a growing interest in this industry and an increasing number of promising young pioneers in winemaking, seeking to return to quality and looking to local varieties. Wine is invariably present in the life of the Bulgarian and is strongly woven into folk art and traditions. This is probably not accidental, given that these are the lands, the birthplace of Dionysus, the god of wine among the Thracians and Greeks, and later the Romans under the name Bacchus. Until recently, mainly known as a cheap supplier of low-quality wine of international varieties, today Bulgaria is gradually finding its identity as a modern nation for wine production, discovering new terroirs, grape varieties and styles.

What are the varieties and regions in Bulgaria?

The main vineyards are with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and Muscat, and recently Sauvignon Blanc. These French varieties were brought to Bulgaria in the 60s of the last century in the midst of communist rule, due to their high productivity when there was a need to meet the quantitative demand of the markets. Nowadays, however, more and more attention is turned to traditional varieties such as Kadarka (Gamza), Mavrud and those of the Melnik family - Melnik 55, Shiroka Melnishka vine. 

There are two officially recognized sub-regions with PGI level (Protected Geographical Indication, equivalent to French IGP or Italian IGT) - the Danube Plain, including the Northeast Black Sea Region and the Thracian Lowland, including the Struma River Valley and the southern Black Sea region. In addition, there are 52 designations at the PDO level (AOP / DO / DOC), but only a small part of them are used in practice. These small regions usually protect endemic varieties, have a strong terroir expression and are yet to gain popularity and importance. Beside Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon there has been a significant increase in the plantings of Syrah vineyards in recent years, and some producers are even experimenting with the difficult variety of Pinot Noir. Indigenous varieties still represent an insignificant part of wine production, but within the past 5 to 10 years there has been a tendency to change. More and more young oenologists are working successfully with the red varieties Mavrud, Melnik, Gamza, Rubin (local cross between Nebbiolo and Syrah), and the whites - Dimyat and the local varieties of Muscat family, such as Tamyanka and others. 

How to choose a good Bulgarian wine?

Judging by the folklore that “the good wine is bitter”, it means that the traditional understanding of the Bulgarians for good wine is that with a thick ruby ​​red color, saturated tannins and high alcohol content. Taking into account the climatic characteristics of the country, it is clear that the main preferences would be given to wines produced in the Upper Thracian lowlands. Following the desire to satisfy this customer taste, most of the established wineries are positioned there and their vineyards are dominated by international varieties. However, there are also the suitable conditions for Mavrud and Rubin - varieties that deservedly receive more and more attention, both from foreign markets and locally. As a rule, small wineries with a focus have better terroir expression and come more and more into focus in front of wine connoisseurs. As for white wines, if we rely on folk art again, we will come to the only song about white wine - "oh you white wine, why are you not red." Leaving aside the joke, Bulgaria is actually traditionally a good winemaker of white wines, along with red ones, and here, of course, attention is focused on the Danube plain due to the cooler climate there. At Seewines, the main goal of our wine specialists is to find small, hidden gems, so you can confidently trust the selection and find both traditional quality wines and interesting representatives of the new times and trends towards more fruity and light terroir driven wines.