Bulgaria has a complex geography, nice slopes, rich soils and contrasted continental climate, which enable the production of rich and intense grapes and thus wines.
The Thracian valley, the Black Sea Coast and the Danubian plain were producing wine already 5000 years B.C., exporting it to ancient Greece and Asia Minor. The Greek wine rituals and festivals devoted to Dionysus had Thracian origins, and Bulgaria is littered with archeological sites and temples dedicated to wine and wine making. Amazingly, much of the ancient grape varieties are still preserved today, forming the basis of a booming new wine industry that wants to make the best of the tradition, in the very same old terroirs of Thrace.
In the twentieth century, the country imported Western (mostly French) grape varieties and methods of production, becoming a major wine exporter with a significant market in Great Britain and the Benelux countries. The fall of the Berlin wall gave the beginning of many new, independent wine makers, eager to restore the local knowledge and traditions, while making full use of the best modern technology and styles of wine making.
Today, the country has a flourishing wine scene with increasing number of authentic, quality wine producers, and a fast-growing BIO sector. The wine regions are very much the same as they have been in ancient times, but with a renewed sense of dedication for quality and originality