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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Kadarka

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

  • 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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Bulgaria on Snooth

  • Veni Vidi Vici Vini Pinot Noir Danube River Plains Bulgaria 2015


    Chunky cherry aromas with notes of plum. Nice tannin and tart cherry notes on the palate, a bit dry and dusty with a soft floral and clay character and a finish of cranberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Edoardo Miroglio Winery Elelenovo Pinot Noir Rouge 2004


    Light and fruit forward. Good value. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • So much good wine... so little time.  Our Spanish tasting elsewhere (away ... into the nearby countries of Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Turkey (yes, Turkey does make decent wines - if you look and can find a Turkish friend to help you).Anyway, I will look for this wine as well.  Thanks for the tip @R Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...

  • Bio Mavrud & Rubin 2014


    Binny's 11/17. Purchased this on a whim, and I am going back for more. Why? Because others I trust raved about it, but I have a summer cold that has attacked my olfactory senses, and I could not taste or smell a thing. Can not wait for a second chance. I might change the above temporary rating once I get a good taste and sniff. Hope I can purcha... Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Bessa Valley Enira Red 2010


    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • RC - I will also have an open mind with regard to the Thracian Valley in Bulgaria.  That one we tried at the party was drinking well above what I think they paid for it. Read More

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  • Our Balkan wine tasting party was a success tonight.  One wine was ... ... these wines and the red from Bulgaria was determined to be the best of the batch.  One wine was a mistake - a wine from Lebanon.  Oh well, you live and learn.Oh, Sandra knitted the 'pussy hats'.  We use these during our protests in Washington D Read More

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  • Well that's a bullshit map, in historical, cultural, ethnic, geopolitical ... ... The former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania, basically. Problem states, all split up and 'balkanized', and which used to be included within the earlier Austro-Hungarian Empire.Wine grapes and culture differ drastically across them, and they have virtually no rel... Read More

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  • So Al, why did you include Hungary with the Balkans? Might as well add Austria and Bulgaria and Romania if you're going historical back to that old Empire. If you're talking wine similarities, then that's another kettle of fish. And of course Crete is way off in another direction. Why not Greece (not usually considered 'the Balkans')? Then how a... Read More

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  • Hey Charine, Thanks for the tips on the lesser known regions. I'm ... ... ... out to Georgia, Moldova, Bulgaria and maybe Armenia too. Would love to learn more about your experiences and explorations. Where are you base Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • I am looking for cheap but quality wine to market in West Africa. Any one interested.It is cash and carry but cheap with good quality in other to compete favourably with chinese wine. labim03@yahoo.com

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