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Winemaking regions and cellars in Bulgaria (continue)

In the first article we published a description of the wine regions in Bulgaria and the types of grapes that are grown in them, we examined the Danube Plain and the Black Sea region. But besides them, in Bulgaria there are clearly distinguishable and three other regions - Rose Valley, Thracian Lowland and Struma River Valley.

The area of ​​the Rose Valley is located south of Balkan Mountain. One of the largest wine centers in the region are Sliven, Karnobat, Karlovo, Slavyantsi and Sungurlare. In this area there are very favorable conditions for growing some varieties of grapes. This is due to the mountain that stops cold fronts from the north.
The grape varieties grown in the area of ​​Rose Valley are mainly Misket Cherven (Red Misket), Riesling, Rkatsiteli, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Outstanding representative of the Bulgarian grape varieties is Misket Cherven, which is an old Bulgarian variety. There are industrial plants of Misket Cherven in Sungurlare and Prosenishkata Valley, Karlovo and Varna region. In the Rose Valley region are produced mainly dry and semi-dry white wines, less red and flavored wines. The wines have a distinctive pleasant aroma, fresh and harmonious taste.
Proven winemakers in the area of ​​Rose Valley are “Vineks Slavyantsi”, “Chateau Copsa”, “Chateau Windy Hills”, “Old Cellar 1924” and “Blueridge Winery”, owned by Domaine Boyar.

South of the Sub-Balkan region is located South Bulgarian region (Thracian Plain). It covers  most of the Thracian Valley, hence its name. Part of Sakar also enter the South Bulgarian region. The climate is temperate continental with good distribution of rainfall throughout the growing season. The climate conditions of the region favor getting a rich and dense red-tile wines. Here are concentrated most of the red varieties of  grapes in Bulgaria.
Among the grown varieties of grapes are Mavrud, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat Cherven,, Pamid and others. Mavrud is a traditional Bulgarian red wine grape variety, one of the oldest and considered one of the most valuable and with high quality, local varieties. The wines produced by the Mavrud have a deep ruby ​​color, enough tannin and acids, and a typical pleasant fragrance, which senses blackberry and ripe mulberry.
The most important cellars are located in Asenovgrad, Brestovitsa, Stara Zagora, Harmanli, Plovdiv and Pazardzhik. A more standout wineries are "Bessa Valley", "Cellar Vinivel", "Cellar Pamidovo", "Todoroff Wine Cellar", "Wine Cellar Zagreus", "Edoardo Miroglio Wine Cellar", Tera Tangra, Winery Malkata Zvezda, Chateau Kolarovo, Castra Rubra, Bratanov Winery, Ivo Varbanov Winery,  Villa Bassarea, Midalidare Estate, Winery Cellar Marash, Minkov Brothers, Santa Sarah, Domaine Boyar, Stambolovo Winery, Wine Cellar Katarzyna Estate, Cellar Yamantievs.

Located in the southern part of Bulgaria, along the Struma River is located Southwestern wine region. The climate is warm, almost Mediterranean. This distinguishes it as one specific wine region in Bulgaria. As in the Southern Bulgarian wine region, in the Southwestern region are grown mostly red wine grape varieties. This is due to the hilly terrain, relatively poor soils, high temperatures and dry climate.
Grape varieties that are prevalent in the Southwest region are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiroka Melnishka Loza. The variety Shiroka Melnishka Loza is a traditional Bulgarian grape variety, distributed mainly in the region of Petrich and Sandanski. This is high-quality red wine grape and the wine created from it is high-quality table wine and dessert wines. Overall, the red wines from this region are with southern character - deep color, intense aroma, high density, rich in tannins and have considerable potential for perennial aging.
Larger wineries in the South-West region are located in the regions of Blagoevgrad, Damanitsa, Melnik, Petrich, Sandanski. Proven winemakers in the region are "Winery Damyanitsa", "Winery Logodaj", "Winery Medi Valley", "Winery of Melnik”, Orbelia Winery, Orbelus Winery, Zlaten Rozhen Winery, Kiossev Winery, Ruper Winery, Wine Cellar Vini Boshkilov, Sintica Winery. There are publications claiming that Winston Churchill has been ordering 500 liters of wine from Melnik every year.

Despite all the obstacles and prohibitions on the manufacturing of alcoholic beverages, in Bulgaria has remained the tradition of wine production. In recent years, there is clearly visible strengthening of winemaking and production of high quality wines that won many international medals. Bulgarian wines are increasingly prized in Europe and worldwide.