As all the projects of Midalidare, the one for production of Bulgarian sparkling wine using a traditional method, is realized after a profound analysis and assessment of the possibilities and carefully planning of the whole activity. The winemaking philosophy of the initiative follows the principles and practices over the centuries in already recognized wine regions such as Champagne, France: traditional method of sparkling winemaking, bottle fermentation, minimum 24 months ageing on the lees. Made with exclusive attention to detail.
The project started more than 10 years ago with a step-by-step planting of new vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyards are situated on the north-facing slopes because of the limited sunlight exposure and better indices for a future production. Agronomists Francesco Fogolin and Dimitar Pavlov and оenologists Marco Zizioli, Nikolay Katerov and Alexander Aleksiev are part of the team that creates the sparkling wines.
The first vintage is 2014. A vintage, which is has been remembered as difficult due to the colder climate and more rainfall than usual. However, the above-mentioned conditions favored the fruit envisaged for the production of sparkling wine. During the production of the first sparkling wine in Midalidare - Midalidare Deluxe Brut all the steps related to the classical technology type „Champagne“ are strictly observed. As early as next year – 2015 starts the process of creating Midalidare Blanc de Blancs Brut, again using the same traditional method. Both sparkling wines are produced with Chardonnay (Blanc de Blanc).
Midalidare Deluxe Brut 2014 is presented on the market in 2018. “Pearls” of Midalidare charms the public and brings an outstanding success and a recognition for the work of the team both in Bulgaria and abroad. Earlier in the same 2018 the project of building a new winеry for sparkling winemaking started. The Sparkling winery is to shelter the entire process of turning the grapes into a sparkling wine.
In 2019 the second sparkling wine: Midalidare Blanc de Blancs Brut, is presented on the market. The reaction is immediate and Midalidare achieves the highest possible recognition for the two „classical pearls“ – a Gold and two Silver medals from Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2019!
For only four years Midalidare Sparkling wines were awarded with 7 gold and 15 silver medals, 3 diplomas "Best in class Bulgarian Blanc de Blancs", 3 diplomas "Best in class Bulgarian Magnum", 3 diplomas "Nationa champion", 1 diploma "World champion Blanc de Blancs", Best Bulgarian wine and Best Bulgarian Sparkling wine, and the winery is rewarded with Chairman’s Trophy and The Tony Jordan Rising Star Trophy from local and international wine competitions.
The facility for the sparkling winemaking is built within the territory of the bigger eastern winery of Midalidare and during its planning are followed all the recommendations for traditional method of sparkling winemaking. The part of the winery, where specific processes as secondary fermentation in a bottle, ageing on the lees, remuage and degorgement will be carried out, is equipted with very special lighting. This is particularly important for the quality of the production as any contact with a natural (sun) light can damage the wine. The ageing of the sparkling wine is compulsory accomplished in dark place, the remaining processes – with minimum light. Similarly, the ageing is accomplished in an absolute piece and minimum vibrations in case of moving the bottles is needed.
A part of the new winery ис accessible for the guests and tourists, where they аре able to learn more about the traditional sparkling winemaking, storage and ageing of the sparkling wine and observe the process degorgement – the separation of the yeast residue after the secondary fermentation from the neck of the bottle. The tour will finish in a specially designed dome screenings room where the visitors could watch an exciting video accompanied by a glass of Midalidare sparkling wine.
Midalidare Sparkling wines are produced solely using a traditional sparkling winemaking. During the long wine ageing on the lees (yeast cells), typical for traditional method, complex chemical reactions, known as a process of Autolysis, take place. The Autolysis is a component of vital importance for the forming of the taste and the feeling in the mouth related to all the sparkling wines produced with classical technology as is the Champagne.