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Damianitza No Man's Land

Damianitza Winery sets a high standard in wine production incorporating age old Bulgarian wine making traditions and techniques, while preserving the environment. It is among the top 5 main players in the domestic market and works with local grape varieties to create unique wines that appeal to the adventurous and cosmopolitan. The winery, located in the picturesque Struma River Valley was founded in 1940 and now has a bottling capacity of 2,000,000 bottles.One of its leading brands, No Man’s Land was aptly named after the five mile strip of borderland, which previously separated the worlds of Socialism and Capitalism. Filip Harmandjiev, Damianitza’s owner, decided on the brand name after showing the area to some British journalists.

One sighed “Ah, No Man’s Land! This would make a great brand” and Filip filed to have the trademark registered the following day

The Wine

A palatable, dry, white blend of predominantly Chardonnay (77%) and Sauvignon Gris (23%) grapes, this is a quality Bulgarian wine, which stands on its own. 2007 was a good year for Chardonnay, which explains its dominant role in the blend. The grapes were harvested when each type of grape was at its best and each was processed separately to reflect the grapes’ best qualities. The Chardonnay was fermented in French barriques for 3 to 4 months. The Sauvignon Gris was fermented in tanks with no oak contact. The wine itself is crisp, elegant, and fresh with a pleasant taste of oak. It has a silky, smooth texture as it slides down!

In a food-and-wine context, it matches well with a diverse spectrum of food types, in particular roast chicken and other white meats such as turkey. It also goes well with smoked fish in particular smoked salmon because the wine’s acidity balances against the oily richness of the fish, and its broad, complex fruit flavors, reminiscent of pears, peaches and citrus fruits add a flavourful, slightly spicy nuance to the unmistakable taste of the salmon’s flesh. It also sits well with spicy south-east Asian cuisine and guacamole dips and its mild aroma never intrudes.

With an alcohol content of 13.5% and at a cost of 14.99 leva a bottle this wine is well worth the money particularly if you are looking to impress your guests.

Our thanks to Damianitza Winery for the information and photograph.