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

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The Greek Cuvee Monsignori Santorini 2017 Was Awarded the Grand Trophy at the Balkan International Wine Competition and Festival

Cuvee Monsignori Santorini 2017 from the Greek winery Estate Argyros is the best Balkan wine now. This was the jury’s decision at the prestigious Balkan International Wine Competition and Festival 2019 (BIWCF). The winner was announced during a gorgeous gala dinner called “Balkan Wine Oscars” in Hilton Hotel on Friday. The organisers said that in 2020 the competition’s host will be in Serbia. At the end of the working week the festival commenced in the open air - it will gather wine lovers on Saturday and Sunday as well from 12  pm to 10 pm at the special wine town next to the National Palace of Culture. 

The eighth edition of the most prestigious Balkan wine competition introduced a new category. In addition to the traditional awards and the Grand Trophy for the best Balkan wine, the Best of Show awards were given for the first time - praising the best wine from each country.

The trophy “Best Winery on the Balkans” was split between the Bulgarian Edoardo Miroglio and the Turkish Chamlija Winery due to their equal points received at the competition. The jury’s chairman Konstantinos Lazarakis MW said that this is the first such case in the competition’s history.

Here’s the full list of the awarded in all categories:

●     White Wine Trophy - Cuvee Monsignori Santorini 2017 from Estate Argyros, Greece

●     Red Wine Trophy - Kremen Kamen 2016 from Matalj, Serbia

●     Rose Wine Trophy - Rose Pinot Noir from Zelanos, Bulgaria

●     Sparkling Wine Trophy - pinot noir from Yalovo, Bulgaria

●     Sweet Wine Trophy - Monemvasia-Malvasia 2012 from Monemvasia Winery, Greece

●     Orange Wine Trophy (awarded for the first time) - Uncensored 2017 from Bikicki, Serbia

●     Best Indigenous White variety Trophy - Kydonitsa 2018 from Monemvasia Winery, Greece

●     Best Indigenous Red variety Trophy - Mavrud Elenovo 2018 from Edoardo Miroglio, Bulgaria

●     Best Indigenous White variety Trophy for sweet wine - Domenii-Grasa 2014 from Casa de Vinuri Cotnari, Romania

●     Best label design Trophy - MH Wine, Bulgaria

The Best of Show awards were given in alphabetical order. However, not all participating countries were awarded. “In order to get that award, the wine from the particular country needs to have received at least one medal”, explained Konstantinos Lazarakis. The Best of Show Bulgarian award was given to Katarzyna Estate for their Katarzyna Reserve 2012.

Here are the awarded Best of Show wines by countries:

●     Albania for Merlot Menea 2/2 2011 from Korca 2000

●     Bosnia and Herzegovina for Chardonnay 2018 from Pajic Vinarija

●     Bulgaria for Katarzyna Reserve 2012 from Katarzyna Estate

●     Czech Republic for Sauvignon suche (batch, n. 8335) from Znovin Znojmo

●     Croatia for white Bogdanusa 2018 from Caric

●     Georgia for white Tsolikouri 2016 from Burjanadze-Shanidze Wine Cellar - Qvibari

●     Greece for Ktima Gerovassiliou Sauvignon Blanc 2018 from Ktima Gerovassiliou

●     Kosovo for Chardonnay 2018 from Daka Winery

●     Montenegro for red Tellus 2016 from Lipovac

●     North Macedonia for red Cabernet & MerlotOak Edition 2017 from Tikves

●     Romania for Traminer 2014 from Crama Ratesti

●     Serbia for merlot from Vinarija Rnjak 2015     

●     Turkey for Albarino from Chamlija 2017

Galina Niforou, Director of the Balkan Wine Competition and Festival, revealed some more great news. From 2020 onwards the competition part will be split from the festival one - the latter remains in Sofia, whereas the former will be held in different Balkan countries. The first host after the Bulgarian capital is Belgrade, Serbia.

“The BIWC is the most influential and I’m sure it is the best wine competition in this part of the world. I’m really proud and very happy that Serbia will be the next host. It was quite difficult to decide to do this because it is not so simple - there are lots of logistics to be solved. But i think it’s a good step and in this way we can include more energy, more people, more wine makers - to pay more attention in the whole Balkan region. So I hope I will see all of you next year in Belgrade and I promise you will spend great time there!”,said the Serbian jury member Igor Lukovic from the stage, right after the announcement.

The Balkans International Wine Competition And Festival 2019 is taking place with the support of Sofia Municipality and Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as with the media partnership of Стандарт, Exporter.bg, Hit-bg.com, WineBG.info, списание Твоят бизнес, ExpoWorld.bg, Момичетата от града, ApolloWine.com, Sommelier.bg, Agro TV, Novini.bg, Sportal, Woman.bg, Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgaria, “Аз чета”,  Agro TV, Novini.bg, Manager.bg, Enosiasti, Fresh Cuts of Life, Enjoy Wine, Businessnews.bg, Explorerbg.bg, Maiko Mila,Tialoto.bg, Az-jenata.bg, Jenatadnes.com, Vino & Fino, In Food Veritas, АИДБ, Арт идея БГ, Winetours.bg, Oinohoos, vin2.ro, Exotic Wine Travel, vino.mk, hedonistmagazin.net, sofiaadventures.com et al.

// Invitation for BIWC 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 14-17, 2012 ( English)

Dear Sir/Madame,

I would kindly like to invite you to participate to the first edition of THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION, which will be held in Sofia from 14-17 June 2012 in Grand Hotel Sofia. The BIWC is open to wine producers from all countriesof the Balkan Peninsula.

Why the Balkans?

The BALKANS can be proud of the most ancient wine history in the world. 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 USA. For the last decade the BALKANS mades ​​enormous progressin the quality of its wines and can state its claims as a key player on the world wine map.

Why to participateto BIWC?

*      THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITON is the first important step toward promoting the Balkan wines as a region in the world wine market

*      THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION is a chance to participate to the Master Classes and lectures , showing the best of Balkan wines and latest trends in the wine trade, international wine business, wine marketing, etc., held by the renown BIWC Jury.

Who will judge your wines on the BIWC?

For the first time the Balkan wines will be tasted and judged by some of the greatest  of Wine like the Chairman of the BIWC Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – The only one Master of Wine in the Balkans, Caroline Gilby MW – United Kingdom, Christy Canterbury MW – USA, Paul Liversedge MW – Switzerland and many more helping this way to build the positive image of the Balkan wines within the world.

The jury will choose a winner in each of the following categories:dry white wine, dry red wine, dry rosé wine, sparkling wineand dessert wine. The winner in each category will be awarded a special trophy.

Winning the Grand Trophy

The Grand Trophy of the Balkans International Wine Competition 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.

How to participate to the BIWC?

Dear wine producers,

As 2 in 1 platform, the BIWCwill give you the opportunity first to participate in the BIWC Competition (14-15 June) by sending samples and second to exhibit your wines at the BIWC Festival (16-17 June).

The BIWC Festival is a meeting point  for world wine experts, Masters of Wine, wine merchants, wine journalists and bloggers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, India, the Scandinavian countries, Italy, Germany, Belgium, all the Balkan countries,  among others.

BIWC Entry Fees

The BIWC Competition fee is 60 euro per entry.

The BIWC Festival fee is 450 euro per winery.

Register early to participate at BIWC’s special discount rates!

      All wine producers who register and submit proof of payment by or on 10 May 2012, will receive 2 discounts:

• 100 Euro off the Festival entry fee (350 instead of 450 Euro)
• 10 Euro off per entry for the Competition (50 instead of 60 Euro)

Please, find attached to this invitation the registration form. You may also check for the registration form and all the other details on the BIWC website: www.balkanswine.eu

Dates & Deadlines

Submit a completed registration form and proof of payment by e-mail or regular mail by 31 May 2012 (Monday) at the latest.E-mail: info@balkanswine.eu

Competition Samples

Please, send all the  competition samples - 6 bottles per entry - by 31 May 2012 to:

Mailing & delivery address:The Balkans International Wine Competition
Stoyan Zaimov St. 12, Apt. 1, Sofia 1421, Bulgaria

For the convenience of all participants at the BIWC Festival!

Each exhibitormay present its wines and consider supplying 6 bottles of each wine. the BIWC offers secure storage for your product until the Festival. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please ship your product to the same address at any time after registration but within the specified deadline.

Participants who choose to not ship their product to the Festival’s headquarters in advance must have it delivered to the exhibition hall SOFIA, Grand Hotel Sofia at 9:00AM on 16 June, 2012 (Saturday).

Media coverage of BIWC

 International, regional and national TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, web& social networks will cover THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION.

I encourage you to take advantage to be a part of the first edition of the BIWC to ensure the future success of your business and look forward to welcome you on the BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION in Sofia.


Galina Niforou

BIWC Managing Director