Dimyat is an old white grape variety native to Bulgaria. It is cultivated mainly along the Black Sea Coast and in the north in the Danubian plain but also in some areas in eastern and southern Bulgaria. Dimyat wines are typically dry white wines but orange wines from Dimyat have been appearing on the market in recent years. In addition, the grape lends itself well to production of brandy distillate due to the high acidity in the grape.

The Dimyat grape

Background of the grape

Dimyat is considered an old Bulgarian grape and its origins are unclear. Some believe that the grape is native to Bulgaria, others believe that the DNA testing on some samples have shown some relation to Gouais Blanc and mixed with an unidentified grape. Gouais Blanc is the ancestor of many other European grape varieties.

Grape characteristics

The Dimyat bunch is medium in size, conical and sometimes winged. The grape is yellowish-green, the skin is thin and frail, and the grape is large and oval. The grape is juicy and fresh with a slight hint of vanilla aftertaste. Dimyat is a relatively late ripening variety – it ripens at the end of September or beginning of October. The yield is high; however, the grape is not resilient to low winter temperatures and fungi diseases, but has a high restoring ability. Dimyat thrives particularly well on steep terrains with limestone soils.


Dimyat produces fresh, lightly herbal wines with a medium body and high acidity. Most of the wines are pleasant dry white wines with discrete vanilla nuances. Dimyat develops interestingly in contact with oak, which could emphasize the vanilla nuances found in this grape variety. The color is usually pale gold, the bouquet is fruity with notes of apple and lemon. On the palette, you can find flowers and herbs. Due to the high acidity, Dimyat is also sometimes used for the production of wine distillate, natural sparkling wines and high quality brandy distillate. In recent years, orange wine from Dimyat can be found on the market. Dimyat wines can sometimes be similar to Aligote Burgundy.

Food Pairings

The wine pairs perfectly with salads, mussels, fish, olives and white cheeses.