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

Stamp 2014 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized coconut and plantain, spicy berry reduction, grassy loamy earth, and hint of tar with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish that presents notes of ripe pomegranate, cassis, meyer lemon, and tree bark. A remarkably pure and vibrant cabernet with a great sense of place and finesse; this drinks a bit like a more tannic Merlot from a cool climate.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Bulgarian Wine Exceptional Value
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
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 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Roasted aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, chocolate espresso beans, berry crust, and gravel farm roadside with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of cedar pencil shavings, cassis coulis, pepper, and earth. A finely balanced cabernet with attractive understated fruit and artful oak aging.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under'
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Logodaj 2017 55 Melnik
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of banana coconut keffir, black raspberry pie, and hint of apple balsamic with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of spicy berry compote, banana chip, and dusty bark. A nicely fruity and tannic Bulgarian wine that will work well at the meat lover’s table; reminiscent of zinfandel.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
VINI 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass, coconut, honeysuckle, lime spritz, and fresh herbs with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, cheery finish displaying nuances of white peach and honey. A friendly, juicy Sauvignon Blanc with pleasing herbaceousness.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Assenovgrad 2013 Special Reserve Mavrud
84 points
$11.99
Brown brick red color. Exotic, smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee bean and wood, smoked sturgeon, wood sap and herbs, and cardamom with a supple, bright, medium body and a tingling, short-to-medium finish with nuances of pomegranate seed, apple skin, and mulch. A sturdy, mellow red wine for the table.
84 points $11.99