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 craisin, spiced tomato, praline, and minerals finish with light oak. 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 berry cobbler a la mode, coffee gelato, orange blossom water, and nutskin finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. 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. A crowd-pleasing jammy, zin-like cabernet.
88 points $9.99
VINI 2016 Rosé Thracian Valley
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark pink coral color. Aromas of cherry skins, white flower petals, and grilled salmon with an bright, light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length strawberry water, geraniums, and stone fruit pits finish with no oak. A subtle yet elegant Rose both dry and fruity to please any palate.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
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. A charming Sauvignon Blanc with great minerality.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
VINI 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Medium yellow straw color. Attractive aromas of fresh apple cobbler and cinnamon pastry with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length chamomile, graham cracker crust, and creme anglaise finish with a suggestion of oak. A delicious, soft and creamy Chardonnay packed with sweet spices and pure fruit.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
VINI 2016  Merlot
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark black violet color. Attractive aromas of bramble, stewed black currants, dark plum, leather, and rosemary with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cocoa nibs and marinated strawberry finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy drinking merlot with a vibrant, brambly nose.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
VINI 2016  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon poppyseed muffin, jasmine, lime coulis, wool, green pears, and apricot with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk salt finish with soft tannins. An easy drinking Pinot Grigio with southeastern European charm.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy