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Bulgarian wines carry pride and hope

Bulgarian wines chronicle

We are fully aware that high quality wines are not limited to Bulgaria. However, when you recall how Bulgaria has risen from the trash and ash of the collapse of socialism in which they had been drenched nearly 5 decades, it feels, indeed, like a sheer miracle that they have revived as a high quality wine production nation once again after the turmoil they went through. 30 years ago Bulgarian wine industry was on the verge of elimination due to the political change which affected ordinary people’s lives drastically, and a number of wineries went bust.

Picture from the past

In the hight of socialist era, Bulgaria was producing wines in quantity mainly for ex-Soviet Union and its satellite states. Their quality was also known to the West and the export was reaching as far as the U.K. Winston Churchill, former British Prime minister who lead Britain to the victory in 2WW, loved Melnik red profoundly.

However, following the collapse of USSR Bulgaria lost mass market they were hugely relying on and the industry shrank drastically. Privatisation of old fashioned Vimproms was rather steep due to the lack of capital, and sadly a number of them went into liquidation. Vineyards were left abandoned so much as the nation itself. All bleak and desolate.

Rise of new generation of winemakers

A decade passed. New millennia began. There was a surge of young and independent wineries with passion and dedication made return to the industry in the early 2000. Many of them chose to go organic. They started cultivating small piece of lands which were long abandoned. The soil were fertile, live and chemical free. It was a perfect set up for young wineries who aimed to produce high quality organic wines with maximum care for the local environment.

Bulgaria used to produce international grape varieties in order to compete in the international market. Nowadays they proudly produce indigenous varieties such as Melnik, Pamid, Misket, Gamza, etc to present their identity.

And the future is bright

Bulgaria is on the sharp rise in the world “Next hot wine destination map”. However, quick entry quick exit is not what they are aiming. On the contrary, they would go a long way to materialise sustainability through wine production. Instead of relying on mass production like in the past they would pursue high quality production which can only possible working hand in hand with nature. We believe this is the greatest innovation ever happened in Bulgaria’s long wine-making history.

Over the past years Bulgarian wines have become award winners in international scene. This is a huge step forward for Bulgaria, for being one of the poorest and most deprived nations in the EU.

Bulgarian wines carry pride and hope for the future.