The vintage stated on the bottle is the year when the grapes for the wine have been harvested. This information is important, and perhaps the most important, because vintages differ in quality and generally we rate them as poor, average, good, very good and excellent/ out- standing. Of course, we should know that there are exceptions ie one can find high-quality wines in a vintage, defined as poor. The quality* of the last twelve vintages in Bulgaria is rated as follows:

2013

Very good to excellent for each individual region (quantity and quality); excellent white and rosé wines; very good red wines.

2012

Very good to excellent for each individual region (poor in quantity); very good to excellent red and white wines; average in terms of aromatic potential for rosé wines.

2011

Very good to excellent for the particular regions; very good white and rosé wines and excellent reds.

2010

Average to good for white wines; poor to average for reds.

2009

Very good.


2008

Very good for white wines; excellent for reds.


2007

Very good.

2006

Good to very good.


2005

Good for white wines; average for red wines.

2004

Good to very good.


2003

Very good to excellent (reds).


2002

Good for white wines; poor for reds.

Vladimir Vlachkov, oenologist


*we do not pretend that this rating is valid for absolutely all micro regions and vineyards in Bulgaria