Wine Bridges is a story about the power of wine which possess the ability to connect people and overcome distance and time.
The idea came to me after I parted with an incredible team. I kept bright memories from the countless wine adventures and wines during our work together, and there’s a stable connection between us.
I have been working in the wine sector since 1995, and still continue to make wine. The more time of my life that I spend on this, and the more people I work with for the creation of a single wine, the more I become aware of wine’s power to build bridges. I have worked in Bulgaria, California, New Zealand, Macedonia, and I’ve decided to settle down here in the Balkans, for the time being. I know that no matter where I am, the wine-growing world is as one. The people who grow grapes, create wine, write about it, evaluate it, or just enjoy wine are all part of a different world within this planet.
I wanted to put this into words somehow, to express my feelings about the power of wine. Irrespective of the consecution of meetings and separations, it possesses the ability to connect people and to overcome distance and time.
All this said, it is connected to the emotions in time and my love for what I do, as well as the people with whom I make dreams come true. This is how the idea about Wine Bridges was born−where special wines related to certain wine growers can tell their stories. The next stage I went through was deciding what these wines should be.
I was a supporter of the New World for almost a decade, trying to transfer to my work in Bulgaria the impressions and experiences I had from the time I spent in California and New Zealand.
One day, my meandering wine path took me to Macedonia where I found many grape varieties unfamiliar to me, and met the people who were inspired to work with these grapes. This came to be a new challenge for me. After more than a year of making an effort to get to know what was new to me, after having sensed the uniquely distinctive aroma and taste coming from the unknown, emotionally charged by the meetings with people who worked in the field, I had already started to shape my vision of the wines to make up Wine Bridges. I realized that after a long search for the modern taste of wine I had become tired of it, and at the same time I was inspired by something different. It became clear to me how the wine path had slightly turned me around. It placed me at a starting point from where I could head towards a difficult but interesting path and rediscover unique places, such as the Balkans. This is how I decided that Wine Bridges will be wines from Balkan grape varieties and from local wine-growers. Nature, history and the people−all these allow us to build these wine bridges. The meetings here are different.
After I have presented the idea, all those who stood beside me (and will work together with me in the future) and I, are looking forward to meeting you at the Wine Bridges, because this is where new stories spring from, stories which we are about to create together.