Bulgaria is no newcomer to the wine world. It has a history of winemaking that stretches back at least 3,000 years to the highly rated red wines of Thrace, as referred to by Homer and Pliny the Elder. Its winemaking exploits got put on the backburner for a long time while it was part of the Ottoman empire from the 15th century until 1878 when it quickly began to revive and even gained high praise from French wine critics of the time. Once dominated by indigenous grape varieties such as Mavrud (which still perseveres), Bulgarian wine country was virtually wiped out by phylloxera at the end of the 19th century which brought about its being widely planted with the so-called international varieties, though some precious parcels of old indigenous varieties are being slowly rehabilitated. This one-time global winemaking powerhouse is rebuilding and undoubtedly on the comeback trail.
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