When running down a list of popular wine regions around the world, the typical spots come to mind: California, France, Spain, Italy, and so on – but Bulgaria? Normally, the country never would have crossed my mind, however, I recently had the opportunity to sample a number of Bulgarian wines at the Astor Center during a special Wines of Bulgaria tasting, which completely changed my view (rather, gave me a view) on wine in Bulgaria.
Some of the world’s oldest grape varieties such as Misket, Dimyat, and Gamza originate in Bulgaria, and lately, Bulgaria has been making a comeback to the wine scene, with its ideal landscape containing rivers, plains, hills, and mountains, as well as a good climate for producing wine. The quality to price ratio is favorable as the region isn’t as popular – so you should probably get on that before it does. During our tasting, seven wine producers were available, and we were able to taste everything from red, white, to rosé. Wineries included: Vinzabod Assenovgrad, Domaine Boyar International EAD, Chateau Burgozone, Edoardo Miroglio Winery, Izba Karabunar, Katarzyna Estate, and Vinprom Yambol JSC.
Biggest lesson learned during the tasting? Don’t underestimate Bulgarian wine – pick up a bottle of something Bulgarian next time you’re in the wine shop and you’ll be including Bulgaria on your wine region list in no time.
Vimprom Yambol’s Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve v. 2010 – a dry, still red
Edoardo Miroglio Winery’s Soli Invicto 2010 – a Bordeaux style blend
Domaine Boyar International Ead Quantum Merlot – a fruity wine consisting of cherry and plum notes
Izba Karabunar – Bulgarian Heritage Misket 2012 – a crisp white