Bulgarian wines seminar and degustation at Embassy residence of Republic of Bulgaria
The Wine Kingdom (ワイン王国) featured Bulgarian wines seminar and degustation at Embassy residence of Republic of Bulgaria
Here is an article from the wine night at the Bulgarian Embassy feature on a wine magazine “The Wine Kingdom” http://www.winekingdom.co.jp/article/2017/04/14/post-224.html
On 12th April Bulgarian wine seminar and degustation was held at the Embassy residence of Republic of Bulgaria. The event consisted of 2 parts: Bulgarian wine seminar and meeting with wineries who were a new appearance to Japan. In the seminar and degustation we were introduced to the major wine production regions such as Danube plain which was on the border with Romania, the centrally located Rose Valley, the most southern and important region Thracian Valley, and Strums Valley in South-West part of the country where the border touches Greece and Macedonia.
One of the wine producers made appearance “Orbelus Organic Winery” was the first winery in Bulgaria fully certified for organic wine production by Bulgaria and the EU. They use only organically grown grapes which strictly rule out chemical fertilizer and pesticide. Their vineyards locate in Struma Valley where warm and dry Mediterranean climate combined with volcanic soil produce high quality grapes. They are actively exporting as far as US and Canada. One of their products “Hrumki 2013” (¥5,779 excl VAT) made from 100% indigenes grape Sandanski Misket is an extraordinary white wine with gorgeous aroma. Light on the palate yet robust and full-bodied. A real charmer. The other is their signature red “Melnik 2013″(¥5,979 excl VAT) with 85% indigenes grape Melnik 55 which wears comfortably silky and light tannins and fresh berry aroma. Both wines are superbly elegant using indigenes and international varieties in a well-balanced manner, suggesting Bulgarian wines will be highly recognised in the international market once more. Also they can make beautiful marriage with Japanese cuisine, hence their reception into Japanese market seems promising.