The Thracians landed in the Balkan Peninsular 6000 years ago, bringing with them the story of Dionysis the God of Wine, tombs, treasures and ancient grapevines. The thick, dark red beverage was attributed magical properties, thought to heal the body and soul, bringing enchantment and uplifting spirits.
Nowadays, producers within the Thracian Lowlands PGI promote their heritage, winemaking history and unique terroir through a modern interpretation of viticulture and winemaking, producing quality wines while maintaining tradition.
The Thracian Lowlands PGI covers the Southern area of Bulgaria, including the Rose Valley, Sakar, Stuma Valley and South Black Sea regions. The Valleys’ favorable climate cultivates the indigenous flagship variety of the region, Mavrud, known to be a challenging variety to grow.
The other main PGI to note is the continental Danubian Plains, in North Bulgaria, known for indigenous varieties such as Melnik which typically produces powerful aromatic red wines, Rubin which is a cross between Nebbiolo, Syrah and Tamianka (Bulgarian for Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains), Sadanski Misket which produces fresh and citrussy whites and Gamza which is a light bodied crunchy red. The wines are often found as single cuvées or blended with international varieties, such as; Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
There are a total of 52 PDOs in Bulgaria which make up only 1% of total production.
Heritage of authentic wines from the Ancient Thracian Lowlands Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Catalogue
Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot & Syrah & Malbec & Tempranillo & Cabernet Franc & Mavrud
68% Mavrud 32% Rubin
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot
Broadleaved Melnik & 20% Mourvèdre
Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Gamza