A Chinese proverb says that “Truth comes after the wine”
Who has made the first wine? – Certainly, any lover and connoisseur of wine have asked this question many times. Christ's first miracle was turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Ancient Greeks and Romans have created many legends and myths concerning discovering of wine, and ancient Egyptians have left wall drawings and description of different sorts of wine. From the Babylonians we have inherited the first rules concerning wine, and they have also established laws to regulate the functioning of wine markets. According to archaeologists, first cultivated vines dated back 7000 years.
If you ask someone what is best known for Bulgaria, the most probable answer will be ‘wine’. Growing of vines and making wine on Bulgarian lands goes far back to antiquity. Thracians, who inhabited our lands before the foundation of the Bulgarian state, were extremely talented farmers and winegrowing was part of their means of living. Wine has been a part of their daily lives, and mandatory part of all rituals in honor of their gods. The Thracians were considered the best winemakers in Antiquity and the Slavs and proto-
Bulgaria has very favorable conditions for growing of vineyards, the abundant rain falls in the spring and autumn, the hot summers and diverse soil are a prerequisite for the production of different sorts of wine. The White Wines are made mainly from white grapes, but also of red grapes with uncoloured juice. Typical for their technology is that fermentation takes part without the solid parts of the grape, like clusters, skins, seeds. The classic white wines are of rich straw yellow colour and nuances of ripe and overripe fruit are found in their aroma and flavour.
In rosé wines, tastes of fresh wild strawberries and raspberries prevail.
The Red wines are produced only from sorts of red grapes with coloured or uncoloured juice. The colour of red wines ranges from violet and purple tones to ruby red colours and brick-
As categories, wines are divided into: table wines and quality wines produced within a definite region. As types they can be: quiet, sparkling and special-
In 1960, a Government Decree officially divided Bulgaria into 5 regions.
The Danube Valley – The Northern vine-
The Thracian Valley – The Southern vine-
The Black Sea – The East vine-
The Struma Valley – The south-
The Rose Valley – The Sub-