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Since then, Bulgarian wine has become a byword for high quality at a very affordable price. Small oak casks are used to add beneficial phenolic compounds to Bulgarian wines. The result is “Reserve” quality wines – the highest category. Vidin Oryahovo Svishtov 3 ur 1 D anub e Isk 3 Pleven The Danubian Plain holds about 30 per cent of the country’s vineyards. It is most famous for its red wine, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are mostly still harvested by hand. Suhindol S ta ra 8 Pl an 4 1 in a Stara Planina Sofia Karlovo 6 1 Kazanluk 6 Marica la Ri Blagoevgrad Plovdiv 8 Brestovica Asenovgrad Rh 1 Pir od ope s in Stru ma Melnik Struma Valley’s favourable climate produces an excellent wine – Melnik Red – from a native varietal grape, Shiroka Melnishka, as well as good Merlots, and Cabernet Sauvignons.

Despite brief periods of unity under individual warrior-chiefs, the constant warring left them open to the Roman conquest in the 1st century AD. 500 BC Servant offers wine, symbolic of Dionysus who died each winter to be reborn in spring. Religion, Myths and Legends The Thracians’ key religious beliefs involved fertility, birth and death. They held a strong belief in life after death, and it is likely that the cult of Orpheus began in Thrace before it won popularity in Greece. It is also thought that the Thracians practised ecstatic religious rites similar to the wine-fuelled Dionysiac revels of ancient Greece.

The frequency of wine-cups in burials reveals the importance of wine in such rituals. A wife would compete for the honour of being killed and buried with her lord, according to Greek historian Herodotus. A Warrior Nation Greek and Roman historians portrayed the Thracians as superior fighters – tough, mobile and with excellent cavalry. To the ancient Greeks, Thrace was a hostile and wild place, home of Ares, god of war. The Romans had a type of gladiator named after the Thracians – lightly armed with a curved sword and circular shield.

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