Our Story

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Kristova Family Partners is a San Francisco-based Bulgarian wine import and distribution company founded by Helen Yanek and Deanne Yanek Travis, a mother-daughter team. We created Kristova Family Partners to introduce the American market to the rich expanse of still relatively unknown Bulgarian wines, notably indigenous varieties and wine blends made by wineries following sustainable practices. 

Kristova Family Partners was born out of a personal yearning to connect more deeply to our Bulgarian roots, and a far-reaching aim to spread the layered pleasures of Bulgarian wine to a larger audience. Bulgarian wines are rooted in 5000 years of wine producing history, and derive their specific nuances from Bulgaria’s distinctive terroir. 

our story lavendar fieldWe chose to center our company in the San Francisco Bay area, a region enlivened by a robust community of food and wine enthusiasts. We are partnering with Bulgarian wineries who share our vision to reestablish Bulgaria as a world-renowned wine producing country. Our first portfolio includes wines from the international award-winning Villa Melnik and Edoardo Miroglio wineries in Bulgaria to bring their painstakingly produced wines to the United States.  

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"Mavrud, from the Greek word mavro, means ‘black’."

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