Edoardo Miroglio, and Italian who started in textile manufacturing, was fascinated by the thought of making wine in Bulgaria. He set out to find a place similar to France’s great winemaking region of Burgundy. He found it in the small region of Elonovo, in Bulgaria’s Eastern Thracian Valley. The area is unique in a that it is equally suited to both red and white varieties. The winery was officially founded in 2002. Enlisting a talented team of Italian and Bulgarian oenologists, he would go on to plant 220 hectares of vineyards of French and Bulgarian grape varieties.
The Soli Pinot Noir is the Bulgarian equivalent of village-level Burgundy. The grapes for this wine come from 16 year old vines planted in maroon-forest soils. Maturation occurs for 8-12 months in a combination of 30% French oak barriques and botti, plus 70% stainless steel. With a slight brickish hue, this wine even looks like old-school Burgundy. A quick sniff and you can pick up those distinctive Pinot aromas of plump cherries and sandalwood. Earthy notes of tobacco and mushrooms, juxtapose with flavours of fresh picked strawberries and clove. The finish is light with gentle tannins and acidity.