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Ilaya 

Grape variety: Mavrud

Vintage: 2013

Type: DRY RED WINE


Denomination: Protected Geographical Indication
Zone of origin: Thracian Valley

Alcohol content: 13% vol
Aging: 18 months in new American oak barrels


Colour: Intense, cherry colour
Aroma: Berries, mulberry, chocolate
Flavour: Vanilla, well-integrated oak

Closure: Cork


Suggested Serving at 16° - 18° C


Climate: Moderate continental climate
Soils: Brown forest soils

The Legend “A poor woman named Ilaya lived alone with her young son during khan Krum`s reign.* A vine grew near their house. She gathered the grapes and hid them in a pot near the fireplace. One day Ilaya was surprised to find that she had made wine from the grapes. She gave it to the boy and he grew healthy and strong.


Khan Krum had lions, which he used for guarding the capital during the night. One morning one of the
animals was found dead. Krum announced that the man who admitted wоuld receive a reward. Only Ilaya`s son admitted for his bravery. The boy told how he was brought with wine, which gave him this exceptional power. Krum ordered the new vineyards for the country to be replanted from the vine. He called the grapes after the lad`s name - Mavrud.”

*Krum the Fearsome was khan of Bulgaria during the First Bulgarian Empire. He was known as a strict but just ruler. During his reign the wine growing was prohibited. “