About Red Wines from Bulgaria

About Red Wines from Bulgaria
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

Red Wines

Katarzyna 2018  Rubin
93 points
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
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
Best Buy
Complex fruit mingled with earthy tones leads to a delicious and nuanced Cabernet experience.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Mavrud 2017 Premium Reserve Mavrud
88 points
A bold red to pair with grilled meats or a mole sauce.
Rough Day 2021  Pinot Noir
87 points
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
A pleasant but very green expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.