Al goes on a buying trip to Bulgaria

I was one of a group of seven other buyers visiting Bulgaria. We travelled to Katarzyna Estate right on the Greek border where they produce 7 million bottles of wine. It was a very impressive operation with a state of the art technologies and artwork along the walls.

The next day we drove to the city of Plovdiv where we attended VINARIA 2024. I met many small producers, some producing as little as 2000 bottles. Most were very traditional with lots of extraction and use of Bulgarian oak.

Myself and James Fleetwood, importer of Chateau Burgozone, travelled to the Danube Plain on the Romania border. We were hosted by the family and fed traditional food which paired excellently with their wines. Highlights were a viognier and Tamayanka.

We then travelled back to Sofia to meet up with the rest of the group, did some sightseeing, found an Irish bar to watch the rugby before getting ready for our final dinner.