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Ayano SHML 2021

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Art. # 4232

100% of the Aya Estate's Shiroka mielnica vines are located in the lands of the village of. Hersovo and Cromidovo. The average age of the vines is around 50 years and they are cultivated by following biodynamic viticulture practices. Their deep root system helps to supply mineral substances and trace elements, which inevitably has an impact on the structure and terroir of the resulting wine. The climate in the area is warm, thanks to the air masses coming from the Aegean Sea along the valley of the river. In the evening, cooler currents descend from the surrounding mountains, contributing to the greater diurnal amplitudes. This Mediterranean influence also determines the minimum rainfall in August and maximum rainfall after harvest (at the end of October), which helps to achieve optimum ripening of the grapes of this endemic late-ripening variety. The soils in the fields in the village of Hirsovo are sandy with a high percentage of limestone and a low humus content, with a light whitish colour specific to Melnik. The soils in the Kromidov area are heavy, clayey and reddish brown with a high iron content. These sensitive differences in the terroir determine the complexity of the wine.

The grape harvest takes place on 21 October once the desired fruit characteristics have been reached. Alcoholic fermentation starts after a two-day cold maceration. The process is carried out at lower temperatures than are typical for red wine fermentation and using isolated and selected yeasts from our vineyards. Once this stage is complete, the wine is separated from the solid parts and undergoes malolactic fermentation. 50% of the quantity is aged in old oak barrels for 1 year.

The colour is typical of the variety, a clear, sparkling ruby red. Complex nose with plenty of ripe cherries, juicy cherries, pipe tobacco and dark chocolate. The palate complements the aromas with pleasant nuances of smoke and herbs. The wine is elegant, medium-bodied, and the aftertaste is rich and just long enough with a memorable finish.  

Due to its elegant and delicate structure, the wine would pair well with fresh salads combined with light meats without heavy sauces, as well as with various meatless dishes. For lovers of experimentation, we recommend pairing with light desserts and fruit cakes.


  • Fruit
  • Body
  • Dryness
  • Tanins
  • Freshness
  • Alcohol


  • Cherry Cherry
  • Green Spices Green Spices
  • Tobacco Tobacco


For red whine

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Food pairing

  • Raw Dried Meats Raw Dried Meats
  • Roasted Vegetables Roasted Vegetables
  • Pasta Pasta


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AYA Estate Vineyards is a company, the successor of viticultural knowledge for several generations, with over 80 years of experience in artisanal wine production. These traditions determine the direction of the project - the revival of endemic Bulgarian varieties and focusing on the terroir expression of wine, thanks to working with nature, not against it. The main massifs are located in southwestern Bulgaria, in the village of Harsovo, Melnik region, but also have 10 hectares in northeastern Bulgaria, only 2 km from the Black Sea, near Cape Kaliakra, which determines the freshness of white wines produced by Seewines. , especially emblematic of which is Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards in Harsovo, from which the Shiroka Melnishka vine grapes are extracted, are over 50 years old, and the new plantations with Sira, although still young, impress with their potential and the pronounced peppery characteristics of the variety. Seewines follows the principles of biodynamics, both in the vineyards and in the wine production itself, maintains the biodiversity in and around the vineyards and practices the most sparing and environmentally friendly viticulture.

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