Groovinmoms had the opportunity to join the Enjoy The New Old World Wines event and sample Bulgarian wines, at the Hunt & Fish Club in New York City. We not only had the pleasure of tasting these scrumptious Bulgarian wines but also learned the history of wine growing in Bulgaria. We found out that grape growing and wine production have a long history in Bulgaria, dating back to Thracians time (4,000 BCE), and that wine is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Bulgaria. Numerous tribes, in Bulgaria, worshiped wine as a divine drink. After the fall of Communism Bulgarian wineries, once again, began to flourish and produce that divine drink we call wine.
Here is what we learned about Bulgarian Wineries and the Bulgarian Wines:
Asenovgrad Winery – situated on the northern hillsides of the Rhodope mountains and on the two banks of the Asenitsa river. From the south it is encompassed by hills, which hillsides at places abruptly slope down towards the river. From then west and north in front of the town lies the Asenovgrad’s fruitful field. Asenovgrad Winery – produces a Mavrud Reserve Wine which has a deep, intense ruby color, with an impressive deepness and character. Offers a rich fresh aroma of ripe fruit and spices. Intense taste! Another favorite – Version Plaisir Divin Mavrud 2016 Wine has a sparkling, deep, ruby-red color, a complex brand aroma, which reminds of a ripe wild blackberry, sweet dark cherry, and fresh forest fruits. A long elegant aftertaste.
Miroglio Winery – situated in South East Bulgaria near Elenovo Village (Thracian Valley Region). As of 2013 part of their vineyards were certified as organic, and they currently produce 4 organic wines (red, white and rose). Currently the wines from Miroglio Winery export to more than 25 countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Miroglio Winery – produces Elenova Mavrud 2013 Wine – a single vineyard Mavrud made from carefully selected hand picked grapes which are grown on the estate of the winery near Elenovo Village in south-east Bulgaria. This wine possesses intense red color with brownish hues. Rich in ripe cherries, with hints of mushrooms, dry leaves, walnuts and smoke. Excellent Structure and complexity, long and memorable finish. Another favorite, EM Brut 2011 – A sparkling wine made by the traditional methods. Delicate and sparkling, with greenish and golden nuances. Displaying fruity (lemon ,white fruits) and brioche aromas.
Vinal Winery – A modern winery located in one of the oldest Bulgarian cities. The town’s history goes back to the 4th-5th century, when the region was inhabitant by the Thracian tribe of Melds. Vinal Winery, produces a Merlot Special Reserve Wine made from high quality grapes grown in vineyards in the Lovech Region. Merlot Special Reserve captivates with its rich, well preserved, deep purple color. A powerful flavor of multilayer bouquet of pleasantly interwoven nuances of ripe plum, forest fruit and discrete vanilla. The taste, thick voluminous and warm. Awarded the Gold Medal at Vinaria 2013, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Another favorite, a Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve Wine – which has a rich granite color, an intense flavor with a well formed bouquet and preserved fruitiness, hints of blackberry and minerals. the taste is soft, harmonious, well structured and balanced. Awarded the Silver medal from Vinaria 2011, 2013, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Gold medal Vinalies Internationales 2014–Paris FR.
Villa Yamblo Winery – One of the oldest and most important wineries with more than 90 years of wine making experience. Villa Yambol is one of the few wineries in the region with, its own barrel workshop. Proper ageing of wine is one of the most important final steps in wine production. Villa Yamblo Winery – produces a Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Wine made from the finest varietal grapes, renowned for their softness, roundness and harmonious character, 75% of the wine has been aged in French oak barrels. The wine has a warm color. Holds intricate and attractive aromas, bringing together nuances of plum, jam and spices. Awarded- Vinaria 2016 and Mundis Vini 2017-Gold Medal. Another favorite , Pixels Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – bright color wine with hints of green. Delicate nose with hints of green apple and ripe citrus fruit. The acidity is medium high and has roundness and fruit. Awarded Mundis Vini 2017, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles” 2015 Pixels Sauvignon Blanc v.2014 Golden Medal & BIWC- Sauvignon Blanc v.2014 – Silver Medal
A good glass of wine is divine! And Bulgarian Wine is now on my wine to buy list. Enjoy It’s From Europe.
Bulgarian Wines a tradition spirit with a great future!
Bulgarian Wine does bring the old world into the new!
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