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.

// GRAND BALKAN WINE TASTING - APRIL 18, 2013, MILAN, ITALY

INVITATION

Dear participants of BIWC 2012,

Following the Balkans International Wine Competition marketing strategy, we have the pleasure to organize together with ONAV - Italy a Grand Balkan Wine Tasting in Milan, Italy on 18 April 2013.

When: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, 18 April 2013

Where: Milan, Italy, showroom Jannelli & Volpi

This first event outside the Balkans shows that our idea to create a powerful marketing tool which will rely on synergy among wine producers and promoters from all the Balkan countries is working.

Other proof which demonstrates the right direction the BIWC is taking is a great interest shown from importers, distributors and wine experts to organize a special TRADE TASTING during the second edition of BIWC 2013, which will be held from May 16 to 19, 2013 in Grand Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria. Specialized Trade Tasting is consequently scheduled for May 18, 2013. Please see the details below.

http://balkanswine.eu/en/pages/Festival/

ONAV (www.onav.it)  is the second largest wine connoisseurs association in Italy, established in 1951, and today counts 2200 members in Lombardy (Milan region) and 9000 all over Italy.

Balkan wines are pretty interesting among trade professionals in Italy, sommeliers and wine lovers and this event will be an opportunity for them to try some of the best Balkan wines which have a great potential on the Italian market and also to taste the indigenous Balkan varieties - some hidden gems from the Balkan vine treasures.

More than 150 wine trade professionals, oenologists, restaurant owners, sommeliers, Enoteche owners and their assistants will attend the tasting.

ONAV requires not more than 30 wineries to present their wines, due to the limited space in the showroom situated in the downtown Milan and called Jannelli & Volpi.

www.jannellievolpi.it

Every wine producer will have a table for B2B contacts - to welcome guests and visitors; give them information about the winery, wines, grape varieties, their terroir, etc.

The personal presence of the producers is highly desirable, however if they cannot join the tasting, ONAV assistants, who are sommeliers, will gladly take professional care of their space and will adequately present their wines.

To secure your participation, which will guarantee you a place at the Grand Balkan Wine tasting, you are kindly requested to register to the event as soon as possible. Only the first 30 registered wineries will have the priority to enter the Grand Balkan Wine Tasting in Milan, Italy.

Yours faithfully,

Eng.Galina Niforou, Wine MBA

BIWC Managing Director