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

Katarzyna 2018  Rubin
93 points
$29
Perfume forward with hints of lavender and sweet sage, this robust wine would pair well with grilled and roasted meat dishes.
Bulgariana 2021  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$14
Best Buy
A lovely leaner style of Cabernet that will make an excellent dinner companion and will most likely mellow and improve with a year or three of age.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Rough Day 2021  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Complex fruit mingled with earthy tones leads to a delicious and nuanced Cabernet experience.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Rough Day 2023 Rosé Gamza
89 points
$13
Best Buy
A slightly richer and more substantial Rosé that is quite tasty and a sure fire hit for summer BBQ food pairings.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Rough Day NV Rosé Danube River Plains
88 points
$4
Best Buy
A zippy Rosé that is fruity and easy to drink yet also carries some welcome heft behind the fruity facade.
88 points $4 Best Buy
Rough Day 2022  Chardonnay
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Refreshing and light without compromising flavor, this is a delightful Chardonnay that will pair well with food.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Mavrud 2017 Premium Reserve Mavrud
88 points
$19
A bold red to pair with grilled meats or a mole sauce.
Rough Day 2021  Pinot Noir
87 points
$12
Best Buy
A lighter Pinot Noir that would pair well with grilled white meat and smoked salmon.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Minkov Brothers 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$24
A pleasant but very green expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.