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Svilen Chaushev

In this interview Georgi MIhov meets you with Svilen Chaushev - Sommelier

How did you get into wine? Is there something that has provoked/motivated you?

Quite accidentally to be honest. I was send from my College for a one year stage in a very good Hotel in Worcestershire in UK, I was 19 years old at that time. The thing which got me into wine was the wine itself, I have been given a small taste from 1997 Barolo Paulo Scavino Bric del Fiasc from the restaurant manager, I thought it is the best thing I have ever tried and then it begun.

Is there any particular person that has been your inspiration?

No, I don’t think so, but I have always been learning from good and knowledgeable sommeliers

Do you have favourite grape variety and why?

Very difficult to say, but if I have to choose it is going to be the Pinot Noir because of its diversity and Riesling for its longevity and nobility.

What are your expectations regarding wine trends in next 1-2 years in Bulgaria?

I would love to see more well balanced and elegant wines on the market with moderate prices. I want to see wineries working together, cooperating for promoting the Bulgarian wine.

Where do you see “Bulgarian wine” in next 10 years on the world wine map?

I really hope that in 10 years the country will manage to make at least one of our indigenous grape varieties a little more internationally known.

If you have to recommend just 1 Bulgarian winery, which would that be and why?

It wouldn't be very fair to recommend just one.

What is your everyday wine?

I have been drinking lately a very light, crisp, mineral and slightly off dry 2004 Riesling Greiveldenger Hütte from Frank Bech from the Mosel side of Luxembourg, quite inexpensive wine and perfect for every day. Generally, I drink all kinds of wine according to the food I eat.

What is your dream wine no matter country that you want to try?

I would love to try 1971 Riesling Egon Müller Scharzhofberger TBA, Mosel, Germany.

Describe „Bulgarian wine" using only 3 words

Power, fruit, alcohol and I’ll allow myself to add forth word OAK!!!


Svilen Chaushev is one of the very successful Bulgarian Sommeliers. He has worked for the past ten years in one of the best restaurants in England - L’Enclume and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons both with 2 Michelin stars and Ikarus Restaurant in Salzburg with one Michelin star. Currently he is based in Vienna and works for Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant in Palais Coburg, Vienna with 2 Michelin stars, who won the best Wine List in the world for 2014 with his collection of 60 000 bottles and 5500 bins. Svilen holds WSET Advanced in wines and spirits.