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Bulgarian wines

Bulgaria, although far behind in the ranking of the most famous or prestigious wine producers, certainly ranks among the most prolific and has one of the longest histories of viticulture and winemaking - 

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Bendida Rubin Mavrud 12-Months 2019
Deep, rich purple colour. The nose is smoky and evocative wi...
BGN 36.00
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Bendida Mavrud 12 Months 2019
Beautiful and rich ruby colour. The nose is distinctly spicy...
BGN 32.90
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Bendida Rubin 12 months 2019
Vibrant, beautiful dark ruby colour. Tight body with grainy ...
BGN 32.90
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Bendida Mavrud 2021
Deep ruby colour. Deep and impactful nose with notes of blac...
BGN 22.90
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Bendida Merlot 2019
Very intense and dense ruby colour. Impactful nose with note...
BGN 22.90
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Augeo Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Augeo Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is in a limited ...
BGN 27.00
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Augeo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2015
Augeo Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Reserve is produ...
BGN 29.90
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Augeo Broad Leaf Melnik/Merlot 2020 2020
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Broad-Leaved Melnik
BGN 24.90
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Melnik by Rumyana 2015
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Broad-Leaved Melnik
BGN 72.00
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Rose Grenache Downtown Urban Winery 2021
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Grenache
BGN 27.00
BGN 24.30
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Eager Chardonnay Stephan Pirev 2020
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Chardonnay
BGN 28.00
BGN 25.20
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Cabernet Franc Tzarev Brod 2020
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Cabernet Franc
BGN 19.90
BGN 18.90
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Borovitza Top of the Hill MRV 2019
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 36.00
BGN 34.20
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Ahinora Rose 2021
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 12.90
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Ahinora Rose Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 18.90
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Ahinora Vrachanski Misket 2021
Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Vratsa Misket
BGN 21.90
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Deneb Rose Angels Estate 2021
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 19.90
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Deneb Sauvignon Blanc Angels Estate 2021
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Sauvignon Blanc
BGN 23.90
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Gold Stellian Chardonnay Angels Estate 2021
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Chardonnay
BGN 33.00
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Deneb Merlot Angels Estate 2020
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Merlot
BGN 42.90
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Young Stellion Angels Estate 2020
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 15.90
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Stallion 2018 Angels Estate 2018
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 42.50
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BERGULE Cuvee 0,375ml
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 8.50
BGN 6.80
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Cabernet Franc Incanto Medi Valley 2021
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Cabernet Franc
BGN 21.89
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Rose Roselina Damyanov 2021
Struma Valley, Bulgaria
Broad-Leaved Melnik
BGN 25.90
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Chardonnay Barrel Hotovo Libera Estate 2020
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Chardonnay
BGN 30.00
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Syrah Single Barel Libera Estate 2020
Deep purple colour with violet tints. Lush, complex nose wit...
BGN 54.00
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Red Cuvee Hotovo Libera Estate 2020
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Blend
BGN 30.00
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Hotovo Melnik Blend Libera Estate 2020
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Early Melnik
BGN 30.00
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Syrah Libera Estate 2021
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Syrah
BGN 17.90
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Melnik 55 Libera Estate 2021
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Early Melnik
BGN 17.90
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Dvor#1 Colombard 2022
Thracian valley, Bulgaria
Colombard
BGN 22.00
BGN 20.90

over 4000 years, proven by the found ancient wine vessels  (the rythons) and historical information from the time of the Thracians. During the communist regime, the state became the world's third largest wine producer, exporting mainly to Russia and Western European countries, particularly Britain. This is also the time of active planting of the French varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and abandonment of endemic species. After the fall of the regime, the deteriorating quality and the reduction of production gradually led to the loss of these positions and markets. Today, however, there is a growing interest in this industry and an increasing number of promising young pioneers in winemaking, seeking to return to quality and looking to local varieties. Wine is invariably present in the life of the Bulgarian and is strongly woven into folk art and traditions. This is probably not accidental, given that these are the lands, the birthplace of Dionysus, the god of wine among the Thracians and Greeks, and later the Romans under the name Bacchus. Until recently, mainly known as a cheap supplier of low-quality wine of international varieties, today Bulgaria is gradually finding its identity as a modern nation for wine production, discovering new terroirs, grape varieties and styles.

What are the varieties and regions in Bulgaria?

The main vineyards are with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and Muscat, and recently Sauvignon Blanc. These French varieties were brought to Bulgaria in the 60s of the last century in the midst of communist rule, due to their high productivity when there was a need to meet the quantitative demand of the markets. Nowadays, however, more and more attention is turned to traditional varieties such as Kadarka (Gamza), Mavrud and those of the Melnik family - Melnik 55, Shiroka Melnishka vine. 

There are two officially recognized sub-regions with PGI level (Protected Geographical Indication, equivalent to French IGP or Italian IGT) - the Danube Plain, including the Northeast Black Sea Region and the Thracian Lowland, including the Struma River Valley and the southern Black Sea region. In addition, there are 52 designations at the PDO level (AOP / DO / DOC), but only a small part of them are used in practice. These small regions usually protect endemic varieties, have a strong terroir expression and are yet to gain popularity and importance. Beside Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon there has been a significant increase in the plantings of Syrah vineyards in recent years, and some producers are even experimenting with the difficult variety of Pinot Noir. Indigenous varieties still represent an insignificant part of wine production, but within the past 5 to 10 years there has been a tendency to change. More and more young oenologists are working successfully with the red varieties Mavrud, Melnik, Gamza, Rubin (local cross between Nebbiolo and Syrah), and the whites - Dimyat and the local varieties of Muscat family, such as Tamyanka and others. 

How to choose a good Bulgarian wine?

Judging by the folklore that “the good wine is bitter”, it means that the traditional understanding of the Bulgarians for good wine is that with a thick ruby ​​red color, saturated tannins and high alcohol content. Taking into account the climatic characteristics of the country, it is clear that the main preferences would be given to wines produced in the Upper Thracian lowlands. Following the desire to satisfy this customer taste, most of the established wineries are positioned there and their vineyards are dominated by international varieties. However, there are also the suitable conditions for Mavrud and Rubin - varieties that deservedly receive more and more attention, both from foreign markets and locally. As a rule, small wineries with a focus have better terroir expression and come more and more into focus in front of wine connoisseurs. As for white wines, if we rely on folk art again, we will come to the only song about white wine - "oh you white wine, why are you not red." Leaving aside the joke, Bulgaria is actually traditionally a good winemaker of white wines, along with red ones, and here, of course, attention is focused on the Danube plain due to the cooler climate there. At Seewines, the main goal of our wine specialists is to find small, hidden gems, so you can confidently trust the selection and find both traditional quality wines and interesting representatives of the new times and trends towards more fruity and light terroir driven wines.