Grape Guide: Gamza
Also known as Kadarka in Hungary and Romania.
Gamza is a red Bulgarian grape variety grown throughout the country. All though it was popular during the Soviet years and is now predominantly found in the regions to the north west. It has been an important part of Bulgaria's viticultural heritage and is likely to make a come back over the next decade as a new generation of winemakers seek to get the best out of it.
Generally the Gamza grape produces full bodied wines but there is an increasing amount of younger plantings that are yielding a much softer, fruitier style.
Many of the examples I have come across on my travels in Bulgaria are inexpensive, fruity wines that lack the depth of personality to be memorable. It is clear that younger plantings of the grape do not produce wines of depth and concentration. We must wait for the vines to gain some experience.
That being said, there are a few worth looking at.