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Regional Vine and Wine Chamber "South Coast" Burgas is a voluntary association of individuals and legal entities winemakers, manufacturers and retailers of wines and wine - product. The Association is not a public body according to Directive 2004/18/EC.
RVWC "South Coast" Burgas is an Association, registered under  the non-profit activity, according to the provisions of the Wine and Spirits / LWS / of Bulgaria as a non-profit organization.
RLWC- "South Coast" Burgas is an association that operate in public benefit.
RLWC - "South Coast" Burgas operates in accordance with its Statute, the Law on wine and spirits (LWS) of Bulgaria and adopted on the basis of secondary legislation.
The Chamber aims to support and protect the common interests of its members, protection and control of origin, quality and authenticity of the manufactured and marketed products and development of viticulture and winemaking in the region "South Coast" vine - wine region. The Chamber does not pursue political goals and carry out political functions.


Profile
The Chamber is a legal entity with non-profit / association / to operate in the public interest and territorial scope includes the municipalities: Aytos, Bourgas, Kameno, Malko Tarnovo, Nessebar, Pomorie, Primorsko, Rouen, Sozopol, Sredets, Tsarevo.


History
Pomorie (in ancient time - Anhialo) and Burgas are famous market and wine-growing centres, with a venerable history and remarkable wine-growing traditions; located in the south-east of Bulgaria, on the Black Sea coast. Wine-growing and wine-trade have been major means of livelihood since ancient times. The first settlers – the Thracians, together with barley, rye, miller, grew vineyards and made wine. Legend has it that winesfrom the region of Pomorie were served at feasts in ancient Troy, and in the Middle Ages, the same wines enjoyed the interest and appreciation of connoisseurs in Genoa and Venice.

Wine is the basis in the production of “Pomoriyska grozdova rakiya” (certified as a brand in accordance with the branch standards under № 1875448-83 since 1983) and “Burgaska muscatova rakiya” (certified as a brand and in accordance with the branch standards under № 1878775-85 since 1985). For the production of these two brands of rakiya, whole grapes are separated especially, and after careful selection they turn into a wine combining freshness, delicacy and a wide range of flavours and nuances. In the past 30 years, the production under the motto “nothing is good enough”has not changed at all. The best grapes from the year’s yield are turned into wine, and then – into “Pomoriyska grozdova rakiya” and “Burgaska muscatova rakiya”. The resulting taste is a taste that is totally different from that of any other spirit of the same category.  

Vines
Exceptional rakiya is made from exceptional grapes. Located on the Black Sea coast, Pomorie and Burgas are famous as two of the best territories for growing white grape varieties.  

The influence of the Black Sea is of vital importance in determining the climate in the area. The region is characterized by mild winters (with temperatures rarely falling below 0°С), cool spring and fresh summers, warm, dry and long autumns. The average July temperature of the air and sea-water is  23,6°С. Because of the slow cooling of the sea-water, the average autumn temperature is 20,5°С. This allows vines to gather enough sugar in the grapes so that they could easily reach technological ripeness.   

Pomorie Municipality is located in the southern part of the East Black Sea Vine & Wine Region. There are 3196 hectares of fruitful vineyards. “Pomoriyska grozdova rakiya”is produced in Pomorie Municipality, and in this case the geographic region coincides with the one where the vineyards are located, namely, on the land of Pomorie municipality – the villages of Banya, Bata, Goritsa, Galabets, Gyolyovitsa, Kableshkovo, Kamenar, Kosharitsa and Laka, the towns of Nesebar and Obzor, the villages of Orizare, Poroy, Stratsin and Tankovo.  

The grape varieties used for the production of wine and, respectively, the distillate for the production of “Pomoriyska grozdova rakiya” are:  
White varieties – Muscat ottonel, Dimyat, Chardonnay, Rkatsiteli, Ugni blanc, Red Misket;
And Red varieties – Pamid, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mavrud.
„Burgaska muscatova rakiya” is produced in the region of Burgas, and in this case, too, the geographic region coincides with the one in which the vineyards are located. There are 6598 hectares of fruitful vineyards. The grape varieties used for the production of wine and, respectively, the distillate for the production of “Burgaska muscatova rakiya” are:  
White varieties – Muscat ottonel, Dimyat, Chardonnay, Rkatsiteli, Ugni blanc, Red Misket, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer;
And Red varieties – Pamid, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Thracian Mavrud, Shiraz.