18 years ago, Ognyan Tsvetanov, a doctor in winemaking, invited his colleague, Adriana Srebrinova, to show her the amazing potential of Bulgaria's Northwest. A professional with over 25 years of experience, she initially refused. But when she tasted samples of wines aged in casks of local oak, she was amazed. "Initially I thought that this was a trap," recalls Adriana Srebrinova. "I thought the wines were from North Italy, France or Spain." When she saw the vineyards and the grapes, and when she smelled the wine, she decided to stay.
"I believe that crafting such distinctive wines is more a philosophy and a way of life than a business."
Ognyan Tzvetanov, Ph.D., Proprietor/Winemaker
Today, Adriana Srebrinova knows that the Northwest is a true winemaking gem with unique potential that often surprises foreign enologists. The hills and the red, stony and sand soils around Belogradchik are ideal for vineyards, and so is the climate. "Days are warm allowing grapes to ripe, but nights are cold so vines can rest. In evenings, there is a gentle wind. This temperature fluctuation creates the balance that enologists look for so carefully," explains Adriana.
A decade ago, the undercover team of Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson visited Borovitza Winery. The 2008 edition of the World Atlas of Wine featured nine Bulgarian labels; two of them were by Borovitza Winery: Maxxima and Sensum. The winery was also included in the 2014 edition of the Bible of the enologists, this time with the exclusive DUX.
Borovitza Winery makes small series of superb white and red wines, roses and the naturally carbonated wine Ognyan Tzvetanov Premiere Cuvée. "When we planted Chardonnay, the resulting wine turned naturally orange, without any additional intervention from us. This wine is one of the gems of our winery, and people say that it is gentler that everything they have tasted before," says Adriana. "The region's potential is immense.“
Borovitza Village, Belogradchik region, Vidin district
Borovitza Dux 2011, Great Terroirs: Wine with character and of world class
The result of year-long experience of Borovitza winery in production of excellent wine in the Bulgarian Northwest, Borovitza DUX 2011, Great Terroirs has an original character and international-level qualities. The wine is made of the grapes of vines that are over 60 years old and have grown on the bank of the Danube, and has undergone minimal technological intervention. It is bottled after ageing for at least 5 years (60 months) in casks of Bulgarian and American oak, which are not necessarily new. Made of 80% Cabernet sauvignon and 20% Merlot, DUX is exquisite, elegant and reflects in a specific way its Bulgarian origin.