Thracian Valley is among World Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2017
March 21, 2018
The Bulgarian Wine Export Association (BWEA) is bringing to USA wines from the Thracian Valley, one of the World Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2017, rated by arguably the most prestigious American wine and gourmet culture magazine Wine Enthusiast. The beautiful Balkan Thracian Valley was ranked second among countries such as Italy, Spain, France, Argentina and others.
On January 5th, 2017 Wine Enthusiast listed the Thracian Valley region as second best in the Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations in the world for 2017. Wine Enthusiast’s entertainment and lifestyle editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, who lead the ranking, came to the capital city of the Thracian Valley wine region as members of the jury of the world famous Concours Mondial de Bruxelles that took place in 2016. After visiting the region, its vineyards and historic sites, these two wine enthusiasts shared their impressions saying, they have found themselves in a “travel fantasyland” with numerous archaeological wonders combine with modern wines.
Located south of the Balkan Mountains, bounded by the Black Sea to the east and Aegean Sea to the south, Thracian Valley is considered by many historians to be one of the oldest winemaking regions in the world. Recent archaeological discoveries suggest that wine was made here 7,000 years ago. The valley enjoys a mild climate, rolling hills and a maritime influence that provide perfect environment to grow grapes.
Here is what Mike and Jeff say about the indigenous grapes of the Thracian Valley: “Mavrud is one of the leading red grapes. It produces a powerful and tannic red wine that can stand alone or be blended with international grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Merlot. Wines are also made from Rubin, a spicy red grape. White wines are produced from native Misket and Dimyat as well as more familiar Chardonnay and Viognier. They can be made in a crisp, stainless steel-fermented style or a fuller oak-aged version.”
Wine Enthusiast also mentioned the best spots to dine, to stay and taste wine, focusing at local wineries, which not only produce great wines, but also offer excellent conditions for tasting that feature elegant rooms, gourmet restaurants and luxury guesthouses. Mike & Jeff’s advice to their readers is: “But hurry up! It is better to book your wine tour, pack your bags, and explore Thracian wines wines before 2019 (that year Plovdiv will be the European Capital of Culture) and will be much more crowded than usual!”
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