Wines of Bulgaria

PGI Thracian Lowlands

The vine varieties in the region for production of wines with PGI Thracian Lowlands are located in South Bulgaria. It is situated between the Balkan Mountains on the north, Black Sea on the east and the border with Greek on the south. The altitude where the plants are grown is between 100 and 500 m. The terrain is flat and hilly. The transitional continental climate is mild and warm, with Black Sea and Mediterranean influence, the favorable soils, mainly cinnamon forest (Chromic Luvisols) and the developed traditions - the human factor - create conditions for the production of wines with specific characteristics. They are very extractive and alcohol-rich. In terms of taste, the quantity of noble tannins is predominant. I Varietal Structure White: Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Dimyat, Traminer, Misket Red, Riesling Rhine, Tamyanka, Pinot Gris, Ugni Blanc, Italian Riesling, Misket Vratsa, Rkatziteli, Misket Varna, Bulgarian Riesling, Aligoté, Viognier, Semion, Silvaner, etc. The white wines have a vivid, deep golden colour with greenish reflections. The aroma is intensive, multi-layered, it develops in the glass and acquires a sweetness combined with flowery nuances. The taste is full-bodied, balanced, and harmonic, with a distinct fruity nature. Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Mavroud, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Broad leaved vine, Pamid, Bouquet Shevka, Syrah, Rubin Evmolpia, Melnik 1300, Melnik 82 Grenache, Plovdiv Malaga, Cinsaut, Alicante Bouschet, Petit Verdot, etc. The rosé has an elegant aroma of red forest fruit with accents of wild strawberry and cherry. The body has an intense fruity aroma; it is complex, juicy, with a pleasant freshness and aftertaste. The red wines have a vivid, sparkling, deep ruby colour with garnet reflections. The aroma has characteristic strong fruity nuances of red and black fruit – sweet and sour cherry, blackberry, plum with discreet accents of red peppers, spices and chocolate. A full-bodied taste with well-balanced tannins, a ripe roundness and mildness, juicy, fruity, elegant finish.

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