This region is divided into three main areas comprising the central belt, northwestern area and Danube region. Primary wines produced include Gamza, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but it also produces good Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Aligote and Riesling wines. The Northern region produces approximately one third of Bulgaria's wine, being heavily influenced by the river Danube in the north. The predominant vineyards are Pavlikeni, Rousse, Suhindol and Svischtov.
The Eastern region accounts for another third of the country's vineyards and mainly produces quality white wines. These include Chardonnay, Dimiat, Riesling, Ugni Blanc, Muskat Ottonel and Sauvignon Blanc. A local variety, Red Misket, is a pink grape that produces a white wine. The Eastern region contains the Targovischte, Preslav, Pomorie and Burgas wineries.
Consisting of essentially the Strouma Valley, this small producing area is centered on the Damianitza vineyards. The river valley induces a climate similar to that of the Mediterranean, and the wines are soft and full of fruit. The most common varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pamid, Rkatsiteli, Aligote and Shiroka Melnishka Loza. The latter is a local grape, producing soft, spicy, tobacco wines.
Sub Balkan Region.
This area produces a small fraction of Bulgaria's wines, split mainly between the Slaviantzi and Sliven vineyards. Predominant grape varieties include Misket, Chardonnay, Aligote and Muskat. Red wine is increasing due to plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon.
This region, the largest, produces almost a quarter of the country's wine from six main sites; Iambol, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Perushtitza, Assenovgrad and Liubimetz. Red wine predominates, from Cabernet Sauvignon, Mavrud, Pamid and Merlot grapes. Some white is produced, from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Rkatsiteli.