The northern Black Sea region of Bulgaria possesses many interesting places to visit when it comes to wines. Wineries around the sea capital of Bulgaria, Varna, mainly produce white wines, but only fifty kilometres from the sea inland red sorts can be grown.

We visit Europe’s most ancient gold treasure in Varna and the region where its owners lived, today a major wine-producing area. We also get acquainted with Thracian wine production, dating back some 3,000 years.

In the Shumen area we visit vineyards and taste local wines, including the Bulgarian bitter wine pelin, and certainly we will not pass the famous Madara Rider rock relief without a visit; this is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Going north to Ruse, a major river port at the Danube where Bulgarian trade flourished during the 19th century, we still keep to white wines. Ruse is also called Little Vienna and it has a direct connection through a bridge to Romania.

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