Bulgarian wine has undeniable taste qualities. It is
worldwide famous and it has won many international
awards. Merit for the great taste of the Bulgarian wines is
the specific climatic and geographic characteristics, and the
ancient tradition in the area of viticulture and winemaking.
Ever since the ancient Thracians, who inhabited these lands,
wine has been respected. They used it not only as a drink
on the table, but also for many of their religious rituals.
They believed that with wine they could reach their gods.
The ancient Greek god Dionysus and his Thracian analogue
Zagreus were worshipped by the Thracians as gods of wine
and merriment. Evidence for the ancient Thracian traditions
in wine production and consumption are the magnificent
Thracian treasures, which are mostly wine sets.
Even Homer often mentioned the superior qualities of the
Thracian wines in his works.
After the establishment of the Bulgarian state in the 7th
century, the traditions in winemaking were inherited and
continued. Many medieval travelers, who travelled across
our lands, mention the properties of the various wines they
have tasted on their way. In the late nineteenth and early
twentieth century the viticulture and wine making were
already approached professionally and the foundations of the
modern Bulgarian wine production were laid. Nowadays high
quality wines from Bulgarian producers can be found all over
The taste for good wine and the interest in the local varieties
triggered the entry of wine tourism, wine tours and tastings in