How Duchman Wines Compare to Bulgarian Wines
Duchman Winery is a unique place. At first, when you arrive, you see all these perfectly lined wine plants, you can hear the noise of the bees and walking through the vineyards you can start to discover the aroma of the Texas grapes. Duchman Winery offers an amazing variety of Texas wines made with 100% TX grape, which is a unique thing for them. Most of the wines represent a slender and light body. The aromas are very clear, making them easy to relate too. I’ve noticed in the States the production is more “new style” but the “old school” is still sought after in some places.
In Bulgaria where I’m from, we grow and produce a lot of wine and beverages. Wine in Bulgaria is a tradition. Or “old school” style, if you will. The production of wine in the region of Bulgaria dates back over 5,000 years. It is believed that the first winegrowers and winemakers were the Thracians. They valued the wine not only on the table but in spirituality as well. The Thracians believed that through this drink they approached the gods.
In the beginning, wine was produced along the Maritsa River and around the seaports. Even today, these areas are still rich with wine making tradition. There have been periods when wine production has suffered many obstacles and losses during certain times. Fortunately, however, our ancestors have been able to preserve their knowledge, passing it on to the future generations of winemakers.
In 1960, many foreign varieties of grapes were being imported into Bulgaria. Huge masses of vines were planted. Very soon after the wine industry expanded and in 1966 Bulgaria was declared the sixth largest exporter of wine in the world. A little later, in the 1980s, Bulgaria became the world’s second largest wine producer. Today our country is among the 15 countries who produce the most wine. In the 1990s, many wineries across the region began to offer wine tourism trips which you can still enjoy to this day.
Bulgarian wine has unique taste characteristics that are appreciated by the connoisseurs. Its taste is due to the great climate, the geographical characteristics, the ancient traditions and customs that have survived in our country.
There are amazing Bulgarian varieties of grapes from which wine is produced only in our country, namely Gamza, Mavrud, Shiroka Melnishka, Dimyat, Pamid and Red Muscat. And the taste of these wines is traditional. You feel the spirit of the people that have made it, you feel the tradition.
While I was at Duchman, I was surprised by the white muscat they offer. It’s completely different than what I have come to expect. In Bulgaria, the aromas are stronger and the aftertaste is different feeling. Duchman’s white muscat had a very light, refreshing taste and feeling. The red muscat wine was much lighter in color and taste, but very strong aroma. Compared to Bulgarian wine, I miss the ground taste; I like to feel the soil in each sip. The rosé was amazing though. I was surprised by it. Not many winemakers know how to make the rosé. The one they make is the one you need in the summer with nice friends and the beach somewhere.
It was an amazing day at the winery. I’m happy that I met these people, had the chance to try their wines, learn more about the production of wines and spend quality time with my new friends from Uchi!