My father was born in the town of Peshtera where my great-grandfather used to own several vineyards and make wine. I visited Peshtera for the first time this summer - delicious grapes literally grew in every yard. When the communists came into power in 1944 they took our land away. After the fall of the Berlin Wall the restitution began. But while people received land back, they lost fifty years earlier, few had the financial means to continue to cultivate it or sustain its infrastructure. Despite the faults of the communist regime it developed a strong agricultural and pharmaceutical economy which was pretty much destroyed by an illiterate transition to democracy which many say was already planned and executed by those in power before the changes.

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