The Age of Bulgaria: Try Their Wines

The Age of Bulgaria: Try Their Wines

Our weekly tip from last week’s email was to explore the wine world and try wines from totally unexpected countries.

Well how about Bulgaria?

Yes, Bulgaria.

Would you believe that Bulgaria actually has been making wine as far back as the Thracians? That’s like 9,000 years ago.

Really.

And in the 1980’s, they were the second largest wine producer in the world?  But the collapse of communism killed the industry.

Well thankfully, it's making a comeback.

We attended a Bulgarian wine tasting recently ( yep, there are Bulgarian wine tastings!) and thought the wines were great and it was worth sharing.

To start, the presenters, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, the World Wine Guys, began the seminar with an updated rendition of the song Age of Aquarius from 1969.

They changed the lyrics a bit and sung — really sung — “This is the dawning of the age of Bulgaria, age of Bulgaria…..Bulgariaaaaaaaaaaa!”

That alone should make you want to try a wine…and sing along.

Bulgaria actually is making some great wines, at great prices, that happen to work really well with food.

But first, here’s few factoids:

  • Bulgaria was once the largest supplier of wine to Soviet Union.
  • The country has some of the oldest vines in the world.

And now some geography. The country is land-locked.

  • Romania to the north
  • Greece and Turkey to the south
  • Black Sea on the east coast
  • Yugoslavia and Macedonia on the west
  • Balkans mountains cuts the country in half

The three most important indigenous grapes in Bulgaria are Mavrud for red, Dimyat and Misket for whites.

And most of the wines are under $20 and many under $10.

Here are a few wineries to check out:

Chateau Burgozone.  The vineyard’s geography is similar to that of Tuscany, Côtes du Rhône and Bordeaux in France so the wines have a European taste.

Edoardo Miroglio Winery. Miroglio is from Italy and is making some great wines in Bulgaria. Try the Pinot Nero Reserve (Pinot Noir).

Vinprom. That’s the parent company of Domaine Peshtera. Try the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.

Domaine Boyar. Domaine Boyar actually was the first private wine company founded after the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria.

Now granted, these wines are not easy to find.  But there’s a great site where you can easily buy a bunch of of them in the US. Check it out here.

Or the next time you walk into a wine shop, ask if they have any Bulgarian wines.

And while we’re pretty sure, many of you don’t know the Age of Aquarius, it’s definitely worth learning the song and taking your palette on an Eastern European vacation.

Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.

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