MELNIK VINE-GROWING REGION – HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

Radoslava Ganeva

Abstract


The region of Melnik (Southwest Bulgaria) has exclusively appropriate climate for wine growing. Its borders are defined by the dissemination of the wide Melnik grape vine, revealed by experts as an old local variety. Few are the wine-growing centers that carry such an effective ampelographic tradition. A few are the viticulture centers, bearing such effective tradition. The vine is grown here from the Thracian antiquity and is the basis for a livelihood, preserved and retransmitted for many generations. It is characterized by a specialization in the production and marketing of high quality red dry wines.

The article deals with the development of the Melnik vineyard as a result of different political and economic conditions in the course of historical development. Various archival materials, specialized studies and personal fieldwork research have been used.

Keywords


Melnik vineyard, ampelographic tradition, personal fieldwork research, ethnography

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