From the idyllic Southern Burgenland and proud Vas County, both in Western-Pannonia, to the most northern European wine pioneers in Groesbeek and the historically rich Saale-Unstrut river landscape, trekking and tasting around in green Vipava valley, biking alongside the sweet slopes and Danube strands of Ilok-Srijem, until finding endless sun, funny people and full bodied wines in the mountains of Bullas.
The history of Bullas is inextricably entwined with the culture of wine growing as there is evidence that vines have existed in this area since Roman times. From that moment up until the late 19 th century when phylloxera devastated the vines, wine-making has always played a fundamental role in the local community and in the various cultures that have passed through this area. Now the willingness to share these secrets and the innovatory spirit of local cooperatives and wineries have succeeded in combining modern industrial methods and time-eternal traditions, and this is the key to the superb quality of the wines that bear the Bullas D.O. label.
In Bullas the Monastrell grape is by far the most predominant variety (80% of total cultivation), as traditionally this has always been a red wine area. Nevertheless a number of excellent whites and rosés are also made here and grapes such as the Tempranillo (for reds and rosés) and Macabeo and Airén (for whites). Recently several new varieties have been introduced to the area and despite the fact that the zone is recognized at an official level as a Monastrell region, grape types such as Cabernet-Sauvignon, Sirah, Merlot and Garnacha (Grenache) are rapidly making ground.
From the maze of streets in the old town of Bullas, to the picturesque vineyards that line the Mula river valley, this area lives and breathes its ancient wine-making traditions. In the town and countryside there are many old cellars and even some ancient remains, such as the Roman sculpture of Bacchus found in the Villa de los Cantos. Certainly not to be missed is the Bullas Wine Museum, where visitors can truly appreciate the cultural richness of the wine-making tradition of this area. From the Museum, you can start along a pathway (known as “Ruta del Vino de Bullas”) which will bring you into contact with all the places of interest linked to the main product of this locality, from the ancient wineries to the present-day winemaking centres, including the numerous monumental and scenic resources present in the territory of the Municipality which have led to coining of the promotional slogan “Bullas, a natural winery”.
The offer is enhanced by a series of services such as the fine traditional country houses, hostels, camping sites and restaurants offering all the tastes and flavours of the traditional local cuisine.
All these innovations show just how proud the local people are to welcome visitors into their time-honoured world of viniculture and to share the ancient secrets of fine wine-making.