About Bulgarian Wine

Wine production has always held a special place in Bulgaria. The first wines were made there almost two thousand years ago and until the fall of communism, Bulgaria was the second largest wine-producing nation in the world.

There are five major wine districts in the country, with the Black Sea being the leading region in terms of acreage. Most of the wines produced here are red, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon being the principal varieties; most bottles are inexpensive (in the $10 range) and meant to be consumed within two to three years of their vintage date.
Top Picks for Bulgaria
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Domaine Boyar
2015 Selection Traminer
Pale bright straw green color. Floral aromas and flavors of roses, lychee, and spiced oranges and peaches with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length poached pear and apple, flower patch earth, and vanilla cream finish with fine, fruit tannins. A bright, floral white with nice poise and delicacy.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219381
Midalidare
2013 Mogilovo Single Vineyard Estate Grand Vintage Cabernet Franc
Light garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of gherkins, spiced mulberries, and borscht with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long spiced nuts and citrus, pomegranate chutney on dolmades, and alpine herbs and earth finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An engaging, spicy and herbal cabernet franc with great varietal character and sense of place.
91 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219378
Carpe Diem
2014 White Blend Thracian Valley
Pale yellow straw color. Dusty aromas and flavors of honeycomb, gardenia powder, lemon bar, and buckwheat honey with a satiny, racy, dryish light body and a swift fresh pressed heirloom apple, white tea, lemon flavored honey, and baguette finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A simple but charming powdery white wine.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219379
Carpe Diem
2015 Red Blend Thracian Valley
Garnet black color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of chocolate covered green pepper, dried herbs, and roasted carrot with a chewy, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long fresh organic berries, fruit leather, and thyme finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. An inviting wine, both vegetal and fruity.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219383
Castra Rubra
2009 Red Wine Thracian Valley
Garnet black color. Rustic aromas of stewed fruits and root vegetables, goat, and wine gum with an lively, medium body and an appealing, crisp blackberry mint sorbet, wax, and chocolate mouse finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A gulpable Bordeaux varietal blend.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217058
VINI
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Earthy, minerally aromas and flavors of slate, roasted nuts, baked berries, and hint of candle with a silky, bright, medium body and a seamless, breezy chocolate covered blueberries and cedar finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A crisp, tasty, crunchy cabernet.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219382
Via Diagonalis
2009 Selected Red Blend Thracian Valley
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb, soy and balsamic, pomegranate molasses, and mud with a soft, tangy, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, breezy honeyed berries, raisins and figs, tea leaves, pickled beets and cucumbers, and chocolate mint finish with leafy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An interesting, spicy, savory and mature red for the table.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217059
VINI
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright brown brick red color. Fruity, tropical, earthy aromas of dark cherries, dried flowers - geraniums, dried leaves, and planked oak with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, brisk finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219385
Villa Yustina
2014 Brut Rosé Sparkling Thracian Valley
Pale salmon orange color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon and orange rind, underripe apricot, and mango and papaya with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length roasted pine nuts and brioche finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A lovely sparkling Rosé for intimate gatherings with loved ones.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219377
Carpe Diem
2015 Rosé Thracian Valley
Silvery pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake and cherry white balsamic reduction with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length pickled melon and nuts finish with a suggestion of oak. A nice savory rosé that will shine at the table.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab