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Mavrud is a dark-skinned grape variety of Bulgarian origin. Its precise provenance is generally accepted to be Asenovgrad, an appellation in the West Thracian Valley of southern Bulgaria.Mavrud is an old red grape variety cultivated in Bulgaria since ancient times. The birthplace of Mavrud is the area around today’s city of Plovdiv in the Western Thrace wine region. The name Mavrud is derived from the Greek word “mavro”, which means black. This is probably because the skin of the Mavrud grape is bluish-black.

The Mavrud bunch is large, winged and relatively heavy. The grapes themselves are small and spherical with thick and tough skin. Mavrud is a late ripening variety – the grape ripens around mid-October in the Plovdiv area –and it is not resistant to cold temperatures. That is why Mavrud thrives best in the warmer parts of Bulgaria with deep, fresh alluvial soils. The highest concentration of Mavrud vineyards are in its birthplace – the Plovdiv region (especially around the city of Asenovgard) and also in some areas around Pazardzhik, Stara Zagora and Pomorie (at the Black Sea coast). Recently, Mavrud has been successfully cultivated in the Eastern Rhodope and Sakar region, as well as in the Melnik area.Mavrud is probably the most highly valued local grape variety. Bulgarians take great pride in Mavrud and actively look for wines from this variety on the market.

Tasting Notes:

It is characterized by intense, sparkling purple-red colour. This wine is accented by the flavours of ripe forest fruits, sweet cherry, black current and dried fruit. With a velvety pallet, this wine leaves the taste of sweet, ripe tannins with amazing long lasting flavours.

Serving temperature:

Tempered to 16-18°

It is recommended to serve this wine with red meats, wild game and aged cheeses.

European quality PDO & PGI Wines Xinomavro- Naoussa (PDO) and Mavrud (PDO&PGI)