As with many of the new and ambitious Balkan wineries that have arisen from the ashes of the collapse of the communist bloc, the Logodaj Winery has sought the advice of an experienced winemaker from a more established region. In this case the advice came from Riccardo Cotarrela, one of Italy’s leading consultants who has clients all over the world. Since 2011 he and his team have overseen viticulture and winemaking at the estate. They have not neglected Bulgarian native varieties such as the early-ripening Melnik, which has grown in the area since Roman times, though more recognisable international varieties are also cultivated.
Founded in 1995 by three friends in the Struma Valley close to the Macedonian and Greek borders, the winery is situated in one of the warmest and sunniest parts of Bulgaria where winemaking has an ancient history. Grapes are hand harvested and vinified in their separate parcels to preserve the character that comes from terroir. The winery, like the company, is new and very modern, and the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks before spending time in oak barriques in the company’s underground cellars.