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.

// The newest business syndrome on the Balkans - wine and tourism - becomes the hot topic for the second edition of Balkan International Wine Competition

The newest business syndrome on the Balkans - wine and tourism - becomes the hot topic for the second edition of Balkan International Wine Competition. 

The Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC) has been one of a kind and it has reached worldwide popularity since its first edition held in May 2012. This year the BIWC scenario will demonstrate a great business synergy by connecting Balkans wine and tourism. 

The BIWC 2013 Competition is scheduled for May 16th (Thursday) & May 17th (Friday) (not open for public) while the BIWC 2013 Festival follows through on May 18th (Saturday) & May 19th (Sunday) (open for public) at Grand Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria, where actually all the present wine lovers will have the chance to taste different Balkan wines accompanied with typical domestic food products.

Conference on Wine and Wine Tourism on the Balkans - Possibilities of Development and Synergy will be held on May 17th (Friday) with the support of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This Conference is one of the leading elements of this year’s BIWC program. Its goal is to demonstrate to the international business elite the effectiveness of relationship between Dionysius elixir and the distinctive tourism resources within the Balkans and consequently how to successfully promote the entire region.

The Conference shall be attended by the representatives of numerous Balkan Trade Chambers, Balkan wine associations, leading international tourist agencies and tour operators, various winemakers, globally renowned wine professionals as well as the representatives of the wine industry from Bulgaria and the Balkan region.

Specialized Trade Tasting was designed for the BIWC 2013 judicial panel, importers, buyers, distributors, ambassadors, Bulgarian Council, commercial attachés, wine journalists and bloggers, and it is scheduled for May 18, 2013 (Saturday) from 11:00 to 13:00 also at Grand Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria. The BIWC organization committee strives for placing the Balkan wine at its proper position globally. Branding and promotion wines from Balkans shall help positioning these wines at their deserved place - not only on the major wine markets but also on a table of great many winelovers worldwide.  

Master classes and lectures will be in the heart of the BIWC2013 Festival follows through on May 18th (Saturday) & May 19th (Sunday) at Grand Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria.The main purpose of the above is to create close relationship between wine lovers and Balkan wine wealth. The classes will be presented by famous worldwide wine experts like Christy Canterbury MW (USA),  Taner Ogutoglu (Turkey), Konstantinos Lazarakis MW (Greece) and Saša Špiranec (Croatia). Among the lecturers there will be figures like Andreas Wickhoff  MW (Austria), Jamie Goode (UK ), Alessandro Griccioli (Italy ),  Luiz Alberto (USA) and Dusan Jelic (Serbia).

The development of the economic association between the Balkans and the rest of the world has been an essential part in discovering and properly evaluating the Balkan wines. The second edition of the BIWC will be the launching platform for great Balkans wines in their quest for the successful penetration in all of the major international markets. Our efforts in international wine marketing shall help in positioning the Balkan wines at the right place, namely together with the wines from other famous global winegrowing regions.

The official event program could be found at :


For more information please contact:

Michaela Georgieva

BIWC Communication Manager

E-mail:  pr@balkanswine.eu