Wine Tasting in Bulgaria - Where and What to Try?

When you come to Bulgaria, there are many things you must try, but one of the most important is the Bulgarian wine. In 2016, Bulgaria reported around 148,000 acres of vineyards with a production size placing it on 22nd in the world. The country has five official wine regions, each with their own microclimates, so you can try a big variety of tastes.

Danube region

The region is dry and sunny and it is home to 35% of Bulgaria’s vineyards, producing dry whites - Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Aligote, and reds including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pamid, and Merlot, and the sweet Muscat Ottonel. Gamza is a red grape variety cultivated here since ancient times. 

Black Sea Coast region

When going to Varna region, do not miss to try the home of about 30% of Bulgaria’s vineyards. Conditions near the sea are perfect for white grapes. The best local ones include Dimyat, Traminer, Muscat Ottonel, Gewürztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Valley of Roses region

Rose scent, green nature, and, of course, wine. This region in the sub-Balkan is famous for Misket.

Struma River Valley region

This region is famous for the Melnik village. With a population under 400 people, Melnik is a leader in producing reds, one of which was favorite to Winston Churchill - Shiroka Melnishka Loza, so now you know what to try there.

Thracian Lowland (Southern) region

Mavrud, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Muscadine, and Pamid are the typical wines for this region. The wine has been produced there since the 5th century BC.

If you do not want to miss a thing, you can try the Wine Tasting Tours in Bulgaria, offered by many tourists agencies. These are the most popular from big cities:

Plovdiv Tour - you can taste five different kinds of wine and see the beautiful Old town.

Varna Tour – after visiting museums, you can get a taste of three different kinds of Bulgarian wine. 

Rila Monastery Tour – First, do not miss the Rila Monastery, visit this magical place and enjoy the nature. Moreover, the wines here are with a unique taste that will be with you for a long time.

Rose Valley Tour – In this tour, you can meet the Lord of the white Bulgarian wines – the Misket of Karlovo.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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