Bulgaria: Wine Tasting Holiday

A Country of Superb Variations

Bulgaria enjoys a warm, dry climate, which is perfect for growing vines, especially in the southern half of the country. There are five distinct wine producing regions in Bulgaria, and a wine tasting holiday in Bulgaria can be a fascinating and rewarding experience, allowing you to sample wines from many different producers, many of whom only sell their wines within Bulgaria. Some of Bulgaria’s best wines come from the Pirin region in the south west, which has a hot, arid climate. A red wine called Melnik, produced around a tiny village of the same name, is the best-known wine here, and was a favourite of Winston Churchill’s. The Danube Plain to the north, produces the biggest share of Bulgaria’s wine, and excellent vineyards can be found near the Black Sea coast and in central Bulgaria. Common international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are all produced here, along with local varieties which you are unlikely to see abroad. Agencies in Sofia may be able to arrange a wine tasting tour of Bulgaria, though otherwise you will need your own transport, plenty of time, and at least a little knowledge of Bulgarian to really appreciate the diversity of modern Bulgarian winemaking and to visit the relatively small number of vineyards which are open to visitors.