Mavrud-The Bulgarian Legend

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Grape growing and wine production have a long history in Bulgaria, dating back to the times of the Thracians.

Mavrud (Bulgarian: мавруд, from Latin, mavro, “black”) is a red wine grape that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines, indigenous to the region of Thrace in Bulgaria.

The grape has been described as a characterful, low-yielding, small-berried and late-ripening grape capable of producing tannic, spicy wine with a potential for ageing.

Legend contends that during the reign of Khan Krum of Bulgaria, all vineyards were ordered destroyed. Later, a lion escaped from its cage and terrorized the city. However, a fearless young man named Mavrud (now the name of a wine grape) confronted and slew the lion. The king summoned Mavrud’s mother to learn the source of such courage. She said she had secretly saved a vine, made wine, and that this was the source of Mavrud’s bravery. Khan Krum ordered the vineyards replanted.

Regarded as one of the most highly esteemed local wines, Mavrud vineyards are mainly be found around Asenovgrad and Perushtitsa, as well as more rarely near Pazardzhik, Stara Zagora and Chirpan.

 

Main characteristics:

Grape: Mavrud
Strength: 14.5%
Style: Full bodied
Tastes:Lush fruit character on the palate, but with a wonderful freshness and succulence that dominates proceedings
Keep or drink? Drink it young, fresh and fruty

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