8th BIWC, Sofia, 5-9 June 2019
National Palace of Culture
Open Air Festival
8th BIWC, Sofia, 5-9 June 2019
National Palace of Culture
Open Air Festival

// Trade Tasting 2019

начало / Trade Tasting 2019


Invitation for BIWC 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 19-20, 2018

Dear Sir/Madame,

We would like to invite you to visit the 7th edition of THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION and FESTIVAL, which will be held in Sofia from 19-20 May in Grand Hotel Sofia. The BIWC 2018 is а meeting point of wine producers from the Balkan Peninsula, Central and Eastern Europe, Black Sea region as well as to wine producers from other wine regions.


Specialized Trade Tasting for the BIWC 2018 panel of judges, importers, buyers, distributors, wine journalists and bloggers is scheduled for May 19, 2018 (Saturday) from 11:00 to 13:00 in Grand Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria.

Why the Balkans?
The BALKANS can be proud of the most ancient wine history in the world.
The BALKANS local grape varieties are at least as rich as rich is the spirit of the people in the region. With nearly 1.8 million tons wine production per year, the BALKANS ranks 5th in the world, right after the largest wine producing countries - Italy, France, Spain and the USA. For the last decade the BALKANS mades ​​enormous progress in the quality of its wines and can stake its claims as a key player on the world wine map.

Who will judge the wines on the BIWC 2018?

Balkan wines will be tasted and judged by some of the greatest Masters of Wine like Chairman of the BIWC Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – The first Master of Wine in the Balkans, John Salvi MW - UK/France, Isa Bal MS - Turkey/UK, Klearhos Kanellakis - Greece/UK, Igor Lukovic - Serbia, Ivana Simjanovska - Macedonia, Horia Hasnas - Romania, Martin Smid - Czech Republic, Dimitar Nikolov - Bulgaria, Peder Larsen - Denmark, Hing Cheng - Hong Kong/China, Elias Macovela - Portugal, Evangelos Beris PhD - Greece and many more helping in this way to build the positive image of the Balkan wines in the wine world.


The jury will choose a winner in each of the following categories: dry white wine, dry red wine, dry rosé wine, orange wine, sparkling wine and dessert wine. The winner in each category will be awarded a special trophy. The Grand Trophy of the Balkans International Wine Competition 2018 will be awarded independently of category, and to the wine that our international jury deems to be the finest, most desirable and most marketable wine presented at the competition.

The BIWC 2018 winners will be announced officially at a special Award Ceremony followed by a Gala  Dinner, to take place on  19 May 2018 at 08:30 PM at the Shades of Red Restaurant, Grand Hotel Sofia. Only at  the Gala Dinner there will be a possibility for the awarded wines to be tasted at the special WINNERS TASTING BAR!
We encourage you to take advantage to be a part of the fourth edition of the BIWC to ensure the future success of your business by adding the one of a kind Balkan wine varieties and look forward to welcome you on the 7th BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018 in Sofia.
Konstantinos Lazarakis, MW
BIWC Chairman

Eng. Galina Niforou, Wine MBA
BIWC Managing Director