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The History Of The Lovico Suhindol Winery

To many wine connoisseurs in dozens of countries all over the world the name SUHINDOL meant a first experience and discovery of the magic of Bulgarian wines.

 

Since its very foundation back in the distant year 1909, LOVICO SUHINDOL winery became one of the main driving forces of Bulgarian winemaking industry and has stayed at its forefront to-date. Due to our winery's efforts and quality the breakthrough was made for Bulgarian high-quality wines to the international markets worldwide. Being one of Bulgaria's leading wine exporters, with history of exports since 1914 and export destinations to more than 40 countries on 4 continents, our winery exports over 3 million bottles of white and red wines per year. We have specialized in wines, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Mavrud, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc among others, as well as of Gamza - an emblematic indigenous grape variety in the region. At LOVICO SUHINDOL we manage approximately 300 hectares of our own vineyards and also contract and buy grapes from a number of local traditional grape-growers, thus helping the economy of Suhindol region and fulfilling our social responsibilities.

 

Working on specific projects in the course of several last years, LOVICO SUHINDOL managed to revive the old Suhindol tradition of producing high-quality boutique-type wines, vinified through the blend of classical methods with modern innovative techniques. In its long history our winery has won hundreds of prestigious awards and distinctions at many international wine forums and contests. After more than 100 years of winemaking tradition and experience, our company's objective remains unchanged - to create wines of superb quaity and new style, and at the same time preserve the unique and complex character of Bulgarian wines and have these traditions passed down to the next generations to come.


HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

Since ancient times the region around Suhindol has kept historical documents, artefacts and proofs of viticulture practices and winemaking.

LOVICO SUHINDOL Winery is a direct successor to the oldest vine-growing and winemaking cooperative on the Balkans. As early as 1909 the founder Marko Vachkov brought together the local vine-growers, winemakers and their families. The objective was to build a wine cellar and commence commercial production of wine, applying the most vanced winemaking techniques of that time. By its partnership nature, professionally run cellars and experimental viticulture, the winery was the oldest of this kind in Bulgaria and on the Balkans, and remained unique in our country until the end of 1920s. Marko Vachkov himself had knowledge and expertise in viticulture and oenology, as well as some engineering skills, acquired in Bulgaria and France. Under his management the cooperative grew up to become the leading wine producer in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1952 the company's assets, wine cellars and vineyards were nationalized. In the following few decades large investments in technological renovation, market research and new vineyards were made. In 1991-1992 the winery was privatised and continued its business and development as an independent company.

Today the winery is a leading name in Bulgaria's wine producing industry. The implementation of modern vinification methods, combined with the tradition and experience of over a 100 years of business practice, guarantee the creation of wines with a true Bulgarian character and quality.

In 2009 LOVICO SUHINDOL Winery formally marked 100 years since its foundation. In its long history the winery has won hundreds of prestigious awards, medals of distinction and diplomes at international wine fairs and contests in Bulgaria and abroad. All of them are true recognitions of the outstanding quality of our wines and the skill and professionalism of generations of oenologists and winemakers. Our company is a 7-times winner of the highest professional award for winemaking in Bulgaria - the Golden Rhyton. The very last of them was awarded to us at VINARIA 2009 Wine Fair in Plovdiv in the Category "Red Wines of Old Vintages" for our wine Lovico 100 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.

BUSINESS COMMUNITY

LOVICO SUHINDOL belongs to a large and influential group of companies and financial organisations. This formation is of great importance to Bulgarian economy and incorporates dozens of Bulgaria's most advanced and powerful enterprises in the country's strategic heavy industry, transport, food and beverage production, as well as a number of financial, banking and insurance institutions. This union enables each individual company within the business community to apply unified policies and practices in regard with their strategies for financing, insurance-coverage, planning, development, renovation and marketing, thus maintaining and expanding their leading role and position in their respective sectors of Bulgarian economy.

Working in close partnership with all our colleagues within the business community, we are able to create a commonly-shared paltform for delivery of raw-materials, access to financing and know-how, control of business-related expenses and creation of distribution networks to cover the national and international markets. In all our business decisions and economic practices we have one common objective and priority - to promote and develop the economy of Bulgaria and to serve the public and all Bulgarian producers.

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