Traditionally, on St. Trifon’s Day bread has to be made, as well as roasted chicken stuffed with rice. The bread and the chicken together with some wine is what each man going to the vineyard should carry with him. When the vines are being pruned, wine is poured on the soil for fertility. After the pruning, each village appoints the “Wine King” who carries a wreath made from the pruned vine sticks. The Wine King then blesses the vineyards and wishes successful harvest to all producers. At the end, everyone gets together at the Wine King’s home and celebrates the day with a lot of food and wine.
Most wineries in Bulgaria still follow this ritual and observe St. Trifon Day (Trifon Zarezan) in this way. Usually, there is a procession to the vineyards where a priest blesses the vines and performs the pruning ritual. Then a Wine King is appointed who is easily recognizable by the wreath on his head. After the ceremony, the celebration continues at the winery with some traditional food, folklore music and, of course, a lot of wine.
After all, the patron of winegrowers has to be satisfied in order to bring good harvest to all.