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Discovering Bulgaria’s Wine Regions - Wineries Guide

The leading wineries in the country are French owned Belvedere Group, which owns amongst other the renowned Domaine Menada winery in the Thracian Valley.

Bulgarian owned Damianitza Winery is another leader both domestically and internationally and has achieved remarkable success with its Noman’s Land brands. This winery combines traditional wine making methods with a strong sense of conservation. Boyar Estates is one of Bulgaria’s newest wineries, which has taken a leading role in the European market with its Rousse, Blueridge and Domaine Boyar brands.

Smaller wineries, which produce some superb wines including some award winners, are Targovishte, which produces some excellent white wine, Lovico Suhindol, which is an offspring from Bulgaria’s oldest winery, Todoroff , one of the country’s boutique cellars, which produces some terrific reds from Merlot, Mavrud and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and finally Terra Tangra another newcomer to the Bulgarian wine scene located in the Thracian lowlands, which is one of the country’s most successful wine producing regions.

Award Winners

Bulgarian wine has come to fore in many prestigious international wine tasting competitions including Bulgaria’s own annual tasting Vinaria, which is held each Autumn in Plovdiv.

If you see any of the following brands lining your supermarket shelves then grab yourself a medal winner. Todoroff Teres produce some excellent wines particularly their red varieties. Their Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 a wine with a flavour of cherries and black currant and soft, silky taste is a silver medal winner at Paris’ Vinalies Internationales. Todoroff’s Merlot 2005 a rich red, which tastes of well ripened grapes, also won a silver medal winner at Vinalies Internationales.

Some boutique wineries have also done extremely well in some of the wine tastings; Terra Tangra Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, a wine with a coffee aroma and a tart, spicy taste was a gold medal at winner at Vinaria in 2006. Edoardo Migolio’s Traminer 2006, a wine with a pineapple taste and fruity aroma won a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge in London, whilst Vertikal JSC Chardonnay 2006, a palatable smooth white with a buttery bouquet won a silver medal winner in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2007.

Bulgarian Wine a Hidden Treasure

Next time you browse the shelves at your local off licence or supermarket, try a bottle of Bulgarian wine, most of the bottles sold internationally have been handpicked by renowned connoisseurs and represent excellent value compared to wine from more popular vine growing countries like the America and Australia. Bulgarian wine has stepped into the spotlight and it won’t be long before it is the wine to impress your guests with.