The best wines of Bulgaria

Discover the best wines of Bulgaria as well as the best winemakers of Bulgaria and estates of Bulgaria to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in Bulgaria and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Bulgaria by region

Looking for a good wine of Bulgaria among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Bulgaria. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Bulgaria with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Bulgaria

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Want to buy a red wine of Bulgaria cheap or sell a red wine of Bulgaria at the best price on the market? Find out which ones are popular and which ones to keep in your cellar for a few more years.

Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Bulgaria

Red wines from the region of Bulgaria go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of spaghetti bolognese, lamb chops with spanish sauce or rabbit good woman.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Bulgaria

On the nose the red wine of the region of Bulgaria. often reveals types of flavors of oaky, earth or vegetal and sometimes also flavors of microbio, blackberry or dried fruit.

The best vintages in red wine of Bulgaria

  • 2004 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.35/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.27/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.27/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.26/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Bulgaria

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Malbec
  • Petit Verdot
  • Rubin

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Bulgaria

A wine route planned in the region of Bulgaria? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Bulgaria.

Discovering the wine region of Bulgaria

Bulgaria, while far from the most famous or prestigious of the world's wine-producing nations, certainly ranks among the most prolific. This Eastern European country has a Long history of viticulture, and its wine has more to offer than the sea of cheap reds (mostly Cabernet Grape/sauvignon">Sauvignon) that flowed westward in the 1980s would suggest. The country now has a growing number of promising wine pioneers, but perhaps the most remarkable era of Bulgarian viticulture dates back to the mid-14th century, just before the once-mighty Bulgarian Empire began to fragment and cede Power to the Ottomans. Bulgarian art, more than 1,000 years Old, depicts wine as Part of Bulgarian culture, especially among the ruling classes.

A remarkable painting from 811 AD shows the Bulgarian monarch Khan Krum drinking wine from the skull of the Byzantine emperor Nicephorus I, his opponent at the Battle of Pliska. Today, Khan Krum's Cellar in the Black Sea region bears his name. Bulgaria is gradually regaining its identity as a modern wine-producing nation, discovering New terroirs, grape varieties and styles. It has yet to establish a distinctive "Bulgarian" wine style, opting instead for reliable and marketable names such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and Muscat.

These French varieties were introduced to Bulgaria in the 1960s, at the height of the communist regime, and their productivity earned them a place in many Bulgarian vineyards. They quickly replaced traditional varieties such as Kadarka (Gamza), Mavrud and Melnik. Only two sub-regions have been officially recognized by the EU at PGI level, which is roughly equivalent to a French PGI or an Italian PGI. These are - The Danube plains, including the northern part of the Black Sea region - The Thracian lowlands, including the Struma valley and the southern part of the Black Sea region In addition, there are 52 designations at PDO level (PDO/DO/DOC).

Great white wines of Bulgaria

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Bulgaria

White wines from the region of Bulgaria go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or vegetarian such as recipes of alsatian sauerkraut, rice croquettes with salmon or goat cheese and bacon quiche.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Bulgaria

On the nose the white wine of the region of Bulgaria. often reveals types of flavors of non oak, earth or microbio and sometimes also flavors of vegetal, oak or tree fruit.

The best vintages in white wine of Bulgaria

  • 2019 With an average score of 4.02/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 3.96/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 3.95/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 3.93/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 3.91/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 3.91/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Bulgaria

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Misket Vrachanski
  • Traminer
  • Muscat Ottonel
  • Dimyat

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Bulgaria

A wine route planned in the region of Bulgaria? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Bulgaria.

Discover the grape variety: Viognier

White Viognier is a grape variety that originated in France (Rhone Valley). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small bunches, and grapes of small size. White Viognier can be found in many vineyards: South West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Jura, Champagne, Savoie & Bugey, Provence & Corsica, Loire Valley, Beaujolais.

Great sparkling wines of Bulgaria

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Bulgaria

Sparkling wines from the region of Bulgaria go well with generally quite well with dishes of veal, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of osso buco with mushrooms, pork cheeks confit in cider or duck stew with cahors wine.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Bulgaria

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Bulgaria. often reveals types of flavors of non oak, earth or microbio and sometimes also flavors of oak, tree fruit or spices.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Bulgaria

  • 2018 With an average score of 3.93/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 3.88/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 3.80/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 3.72/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 3.65/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 3.60/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Bulgaria

  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Mavrud
  • Melnik
  • Glera

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Bulgaria

A wine route planned in the region of Bulgaria? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sparkling wine of Bulgaria.

The word of the wine: Pedicel

Small stalk.

Great pink wines of Bulgaria

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Want to buy a pink wine of Bulgaria cheap or sell a pink wine of Bulgaria at the best price on the market? Find out which ones are popular and which ones to keep in your cellar for a few more years.

Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Bulgaria

Pink wines from the region of Bulgaria go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or spicy food such as recipes of boles de picolat (catalan meatballs), dad's lamb mouse or curried coral lentils.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Bulgaria

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Bulgaria. often reveals types of flavors of strawberries, non oak or spices and sometimes also flavors of red fruit, citrus or citrus fruit.

The best vintages in pink wine of Bulgaria

  • 2019 With an average score of 3.84/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 3.77/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 3.73/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 3.70/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 3.68/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 3.65/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Bulgaria

  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Grenache
  • Malbec
  • Melnik

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Bulgaria

A wine route planned in the region of Bulgaria? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of Bulgaria.

Discover the grape variety: Glera

It is said to be of Slovenian origin, where it is cultivated under the name of Prosekar, also known for a long time in Italy under the name of Glera. It should not be confused with prosecco lungo - although there is a family link - and prosecco nostrano, which is none other than Tuscany's malvasia. Note that Vitouska - another Italian grape variety - is the result of a natural intraspecific cross between Tuscan malvasia and Prosecco. Under the name of Glera, it is registered in the Official Catalogue of wine grape varieties list A. It can be found in practically all of the former Yugoslavia, and more surprisingly in Argentina, but is virtually unknown in France.

Great sweet wines of Bulgaria

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Bulgaria

Sweet wines from the region of Bulgaria go well with generally quite well with dishes of spicy food, sweet desserts or pork such as recipes of kimo (malagasy dish with beef), grandma's cherry clafoutis or banh mi sandwich.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Bulgaria

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Bulgaria. often reveals types of flavors of raisin, non oak or oak and sometimes also flavors of spices, red fruit or black fruit.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Bulgaria

  • 2013 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2012 With an average score of 4.27/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 3.59/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 3.50/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Bulgaria

  • Riesling
  • Traminer
  • Muscat Ottonel
  • Mavrud
  • Muscat Blanc
  • Pinot Noir

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Bulgaria

A wine route planned in the region of Bulgaria? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of Bulgaria.

The word of the wine: Powerful

Rich, full-bodied, corpulent wine.

News from the vineyard of Bulgaria

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