Grape Guide: Mavrud
Mavrud is, for me at least, the undoubted star of Bulgaria's red varieties. It's ability to yield big, ripe and round wines that work both with or without oak make it a key grape and one in which producers should embrace.
I remember writing a piece a few years ago about Mavrud and comparing it with Vranec, grown just over the border in Macedonia. The inspiration for such a comparison was a tasting organised by Katia Gargova, a winemaker who at the time was working at Popova Kula in Macedonia while at the same time working on a project in Plovdiv.
A buying guide to Mavrud