7 moments of 7 people engaged in BULGARIAN WINE MISSION: Natalia Gadzheva, Dragomir Winery Estate

We will continue to present you with interesting and important figures in Bulgarian winemaking who have taken the BULGARIAN WINE MISSION very personally and successfully carried it out. We attempted to select a variety of figures – Bulgarians from various fields (oenologists, marketing specialists, designers, bloggers, etc.) who are united by their love of wine, which they often refer to as “my other love.” And we’ve returned to the subject of love, which is something unavoidable in February.

They are seven Bulgarians who find in wine what and moves their lives (and makes ours more interesting and delicious) – satisfaction, emotion, freedom, passion, and positive energy. Each of the seven participants in the “BULGARIAN WINE MISSION” agreed to share seven real-life experiences in which wine was the main character and driving force for them. We believe you will find a lot of positive energy carried by these wonderful people; they are proud of their choice, and they infect everyone around them with enthusiasm and wine. And we believe that by sharing their stories, we will touch the hearts of many of you, and who knows, you might even become a part of the “BULGARIAN WINE MISSION” and be proud ambassadors of Bulgarian wine! We will publish their moments every day until February 14 – the day of the vine grower and winemaker (as well as the day of love, which we do not accept – but it is still a holiday)!

Pour yourself a glass of good Bulgarian wine and enjoy their stories. Just a 5-minute read!

Today we present you Natalia Gadzheva!

Natalia Gadzheva, or the other face of Dragomir (Dragomir Winery Estate), although she is not alone in this project, but together with Konstantin Stoev (her husband and technologist at the winery), we chose and invited her to share her moments. When you first meet Natalia Gadzheva, you get the impression that she is a woman with an iron character (a tomboy) who believes that nothing is impossible. In fact, she is an extremely emotional and sensitive person, always smiling and ready for anything as long as the mission is “Bulgarian wine,” as only a woman can. She captivates with her unwavering enthusiasm and ambition, believes in the positive change in the quality of Bulgarian wines, and works to make them valued all over the world. Sarva, Karizma, and Pitos are the names of their wines, which speak of precision and infinite devotion, and which bring them and us… sipping from them… nothing but pleasure.

THE MOMENT YOU PRESENT YOUR LATEST WINE …
… I’m looking forward to it because I know how much work has gone into getting to this point and how many people rely on this presentation. In most cases, it takes several years of hard work both in the vineyard and in the winery. I recall every detail of the wine’s creation and tell the most fascinating story… The one about a specific moment is the most important in terms of marketing, because whatever you say about wine will be known and remembered.

THE MOMENT YOU FIND THE HIDDEN FACE OF THE WORDS IN YOUR WINE…
… When I taste or consume our wine, it tells me its story through its taste, and because we write this story together, believe me, I frequently talk to myself, i.e., to the wine. Furthermore, wine senses your mood – when you smile, it is delicious and you enjoy it, but when you frown, it is best not to drink wine – especially your own………….

THE MOMENT YOU CHOSE WINE AS YOUR PROFESSION, LOVE AND PASSION…
… After graduating from Plovdiv’s High School of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, I was determined that I wanted to be more creative in my future profession. My high school education was extremely beneficial, but I am glad that I pursued a career in wine technology. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, a sudden desire, but I will always be grateful for this moment, because working with wine is more than a job for me; it is my life and my great passion… Now, 24 years later, I can’t imagine my life without wine …

THE MOMENT YOU DECIDED YOU WANT TO BE A TECHNOLOGIST…
… That is the correct question, because choosing a university major does not always imply that you will practice the profession in which you majored. Even though I wasn’t hired as a technologist, I was looking forward to the day when I would make my first wine, which came only a few months later because I was the only technologist left in the cellar out of three. I knew that the spirit of fermenting grapes had become an inseparable part of me during this first harvest season, with an average working day of 15-16 hours… The long queue of waiting trucks with grapes, the noise of grape crushers, the rattling of the pumps, the aroma of freshly crushed grapes, the countless wasps and bees around you…., the first tasting of fermenting must…, your first wine, all of this is a magical experience that I look forward to every fall… And the wine – it’s the most impressive story you can ever tell…

THE MOMENT YOU DON’T GO TO BED IN ORDER TO FINISH A WINE…
… As a true Capricorn with a perfectly structured working day, I can guarantee that there isn’t such a time, and if it happens that we can’t blend on the same day, I’ll try again the next day, because I know that there are days when things just don’t go your way and it’s futile to bother… Furthermore, our work is so well planned that there is time for everything.….

THE MOMENT YOUR MUSE STANDS YOU UP (AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE WINE)…
… I wait for the muse to act otherwise, then I restart…, but I don’t stop thinking about it in the meantime. Furthermore, an old wine rule states that you may not make a good blend out of two good wines. You collect new samples and begin again. The good thing about our line of work is that you always have an excuse – “Why are you tasting again?” – “Well, my muse stood me up…”

THE MOMENT YOU SAY “I’M SO GLAD I BECAME AN OENOLOGIST, NOT…”
… Every time someone calls to thank me for the incredible emotions they experienced with our wines…… or when you see the satisfaction in the eyes of the people in front of you, when they smell or taste our wine…. These are the kinds of things that make me want to cry… and I did it as well…