Elenovo Mavrud displayed in VINEUM Bodensee museum
in Meersburg, Germany
Edoardo Miroglio winery is pleased to announce that Elenovo Mavrud is officially displayed in the newest museum of viticulture and wine in Meersburg /Germany/ called VINEUM Bodensee - www.vineum-bodensee.de. We are proud to have on display a bottle of this superb single vineyard wine from Elenovo, made from 100% Mavrud grapes. Elenovo Mavrud possesses intense red colour with brownish hues, attractive nose, rich in ripe cherries, with hints of mushrooms, dry leaves, walnuts and smoke; full and supple body, rich in soft tannins. The excellent structure and complexity of this wine are the result of 24 months of oak ageing, 60% in Bulgarian oak barrels and 40% - in French oak barriques, followed by minimum 6 months of bottle maturation. More information and prizes for Elenovo Mavrud you could find here - http://www.emiroglio-wine.com/en/cellar/wines/riserva-elenovo/mavrud. The winery was invited to be featured in the museum as the Bulgarian grapes are gaining worldwide acceptance, liking and begin to be sought after. Moreover, Elenovo Mavrud belongs to Edoardo Miroglio's top brand Elenovo, which stands for supreme quality and is the best expression of the terroir of Miroglio estate near Elenovo village, central part of the Thracian valley.
Of course, this invitation has its story as the Mavrud grapes are unique for Bulgaria with the Thracian valley being the birthplace for them. Mavrud is an old red grape variety cultivated in Bulgaria since ancient times. The name Mavrud is derived from the Greek word “mavro”, which means black. This is probably because the skin of the Mavrud grape is bluish-black. As any legend, the legend of Mavrud has a few slight variations. In the early 9th century, the Bulgarian ruler Khan Krum issued the first universal laws of the land. These laws forbade drinking alcohol, among many other things, and provided for the uprooting of all vines in the country. The Bulgarian state became immensely powerful during Khan Krum’s rule, who conquered vast territories mainly to the north in today’s Romania and Hungary. Krum’s army was undefeatable and one young man in particular excelled in battles. Upon return from yet another successful military campaign, Khan Krum decided to pay a visit to the mother of the brave young man to show her his respect about the way she had brought up her son. The powerful ruler showed his appreciation for the skills of the young boy and asked his mother how she raised such a strong, fearless and courageous son. The mother humbly replied: “Mighty Khan Krum, I need to confess something to you. Here in my backyard I kept a vine tree despite your orders. Every morning I was feeding my son wine and bread and that is why he came out to be such a strong man.” Instead of punishing her, Khan Krum allowed her to keep the vine tree and named it after her son. Needless to say, her son’s name was Mavrud. The Mavrud bunch is large, winged and relatively heavy. The grapes themselves are small and spherical with thick and tough skin. Mavrud is a late ripening variety – the grape ripens around mid-October in the Plovdiv area – and it is not resistant to cold temperatures. That is why Mavrud thrives best in the warmer parts of Bulgaria with deep, fresh alluvial soils. The wines made from Mavrud have a deep ruby color, enough tannin and acids and a pleasant blackberry and prune aroma. Mavrud wines develop perfectly in contact with oak and acquire a powerful and complex aroma, supplemented by full-bodied, dense and harmonious taste.
Mavrud is probably the most highly valued local grape variety. Bulgarians take great pride in Mavrud and actively look for wines from this variety on the market. In addition, foreign wine experts point to Mavrud as the local grape variety that is most likely to become internationally recognized in the near future.