About Bulgarian Wine

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

Telescope 2014 Red Blend Thracian Valley
91 points
$24
Medium dusty ruby color. Toasty, inviting aromas and flavors of graphite cedar pencil shavings, berry tart crust, herb roasted carrots, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes, and artisan coffee with borscht with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish conveying accents of craisin, spiced tomato, praline, and minerals with light oak flavor. A superbly balanced and highly polished gem from Bulgaria’s Thracian Valley glistening with complex fruity and savory facets.
Telescope 2016  Mavrud
91 points
$24
Medium violet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark chocolate coated berries and nuts, caramelized yams, mocha creme brulee, and pepper on fresh herbs with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish evoking shades of berry cobbler a la mode, coffee gelato, orange blossom water, and nutskin with soft, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A supple and captivating indigenous Bulgarian red that delights with appealing brushstrokes of distinctive flavors.
VINI 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of dandelion, hungarian wax pepper, lacquered wood, cinnamon, and baked plum with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted oak, forest fruit jam, nutskins, and potting soil finish with papery tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crowd-pleasing jammy, zin-like cabernet.
88 points $9.99
VINI 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of matchstick, meringue pastry, kiwi in cream, and honey with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick river stones and white pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A charming Sauvignon Blanc with great minerality.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy