The Balkans International
Wine Competition
Sofia 1 - 4 June 2017
The Balkans International
Wine Competition
Sofia 1 - 4 June 2017

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Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – Greece
BIWC Chairman

Konstantinos Lazarakis works as an Imports Manager and Wine Buyer in AIOLOS ltd and the Managing Director of Wine and Spirits Professional Consultants that run WSET courses in Greece and Cyprus. 
In the last two years he has been involved in wine writing and wine journalism and now writes for four Greek publications as well as having 'Wines of Greece' published as a part of the Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library in Sept. 2005.In addition, he consults for wine producers, hotels and restaurants.

Galina Niforou – Bulgaria
BIWC Managing Director


Galina Niforou has an engineer degree in Wine and Spirits Technology from the University of Food Technology, Plovdiv and she has specialized in Wine Marketing & Management MBA at Bordeaux International Wine Institute - INSEEC, Bordeaux, France. 
During the 15 years in the wine industry in Bulgaria and abroad she has established herself as a specialist who successfully develops business strategies and creates brands of international significance. She consults wine producers and writes for different wine editions.

Galina is elected chairwoman of the newly established Bulgarian Wine Export Association (BWEA) and work hard to promote Bulgarian wines abroad.



Marianna Makrigianni

Marianna is an oenologist, a 2003 graduate of Technological Educational Institute of Athens and one of the first WSET Diploma holders in Greece. She is a member of the Panhellenic Oenologist Assosiation and the Assosiation of Greek Sommeliers. She has worked at the wine retail sector and has specialized as a wine buyer and wine import consultant.

She is currently working at WSPC, the Greek Department of WSET of London, as an Examination Officer, Syllabus Coordinator and Wine Buyer, while being the assistant of Mr Konstantinos Lazarakis MW. She is also the wine consultant of House of Wine, the biggest Greek online wine shop. Finally, she has created the 'winetuned', the only wine blog in Greece, run by women.

Neli Ruseva

BIWC Communication Manager