A TRULY ANCIENT WINE BY ZAGREUS WINE CELLAR

Bulgaria, a land with ancient culture, traditions, customs, history, myths and legends, all related to the wine – the drink of the gods. A legend tells of Zagreus, a Thracian god who is later known as Dionysus, the god of joy, wine and ecstasy.

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Zeus fell in love with Persephone – the goddess of the earth and their love created Zagreus. He was the youngest and most perfect of the gods. The jealous Hera hated him and wanted to kill him, but Zeus ordered the nymphs of Apollo to guard the child. Still, the clever Hera discovered the child and used the titans to kidnap him. Attacked by the Titans, Zagreus began to run. During the persecution, he transformed a few times, but at the end the Titans broke him into seven pieces. Apollo gathered the seven pieces and took them to the goddess Demetra. She glued them together and revived Zagreus for a new life.

And as the Thracian god of wine, Zagreus, was reborn for a new life the same way the Kostadinovi family have recovered and revived their hereditary lands and in 2004 lay the foundations of Zagreus winery.

The roots of the Kostadinovi family are from the village of Vinitsa, near the winery. In 1999, Yordan Kostadinov, together with his father Dimitar Kostadinov, began to rebuild and expand the family vineyards located in the “Old Vineyards” area, and then the idea of ​​Zagreus Winery was born. To date, their son and grandson, Dimitar Kostadinov Jr, is the one who runs the company.

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Situated in one of the most favorable soil-climatic areas of Bulgaria – the Plovdiv Field, part of the Upper Thracian Plain, the Zagreus Winery has 297 acres of vineyards, which include the varieties: Mavrud, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. And as we believe in the unity of man and nature, and in the need to care for it, our vineyards are grown according to the norms of organic production.

Zagreus Winery is a modern complex with a complete production cycle, beginning with the grapes and finishing with a bottle of wine. The main mission of the winery is to preserve and work with the oldest Bulgarian grape variety – Mavrud, which is our most successful wine VINICA – made of dried grapes. The latter was awarded as Bulgaria’s best wine for 2016 and several harvests of this wine are recognized as one of the best wines of the variety Mavrud.

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From our favorite Mavrud are produced three of our emblematic Thiara wines: Tiara White Mavrud Bio, Tiara Rosa Mavrud Bio, Tiara Mavrud Bio.

For the lovers of sweet wines we offer our treasure – Noble Mavrud – a natural sweet wine. To preserve the Bulgarian traditions and with respect for our roots, we created the serie of “Reserves”, whose wines are vinified in a traditional style. They express the power of the fruit and, at the same time, the character of the Bulgarian oak barrels, in which the wine matures for twelve months. The wines of this series are: Queve Reserve, Mavrud Reserve, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Syrah.

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Our philosophy in the Single Vineyard wines is to maximize the terroir and grape variety without using oak barrels. The wines are produced from selected vineyards, the grapes are harvested manually, by a very strict selection of the raw material. The Single Vineyard wines are: Merlot Old Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Yaldzhik and Syrah Kotkini Mogili.

If you want to become a part of the magic of wine making and together to seek the truth in the wine, to share the passion and love for this drink you are welcome to our winery for a sweet chat combined with quality Bulgarian wine and traditional home appetizers.

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Silviya Topchiyska

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