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.

// Wine Diplomacy – The Balkans as the focus of the fourth Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival

The fourth edition of the Balkans Wine Competition and Festival (28-31 May, 2015)is to gather the Balkans’ wine diplomacy and result in establishing a united wine body called “Balkan Wine Chamber” (BWC) that is to protect the interests of the region’s wine producers, and build up good reputation of the oldest wine producing region in the world, said the forum director Galina Niforou.

The aims of the organizers that they have been pursuing for 4 years in a rownow, will be discussed at a special round table where thenew organization“Balkan Wine Chamber” will also be founded. The event will be attended by representatives of the branch organizations from Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

The establishment of “Balkan Wine Chamber” and the fourth edition of BIWC will be held under the auspices of OIV with the assistance of the Vine and Wine Executive Agency, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Vine and Wine Chamber. This is one of the breaking newsin this year’s Balkans Wine Competition and festival agenda,being held with the purpose of proving to international business and the wine elite societythe possibilities for using wine diplomacy in bringing countries in the region closer to each other and branding the region as the oldest wine producing region in the world. 

The competition part of BIWC2015 will be held on 28thand 29thMay2015 (Thurday and Friday) behind closed doors in Grand Hotel Sofia. The festival to follow, where one could taste Balkan wines along with other products typical for the Balkan countries, is scheduled for за 30thand 31stMay 2015 (Saturday and Sunday) in Grand Hotel Sofia garden.

The Balkan wine forum will be hosting the first tourism expo ever called Balkan flavors, dedicated to the hospitality and the great culinary heritage so typical of the Balkan Peninsula countries. The aim of Balkan flavors is to be recognized as the major channel for promoting high quality tourist attractions in the field of enogastronomy; to set up a B2B platform that is to bring together local entities offering culinary tourist attractions with representatives of the real world of business and to ensureall year round international recognition of exhibitors by promoting their products at one of the most renowned global tourism exhibitionsand social networks.

Developing the economic cooperation between the Balkan countries and the rest of the world isa crucial part of discovering and appreciating the Balkan wines and natural resources that are some of the major characteristics of the region. The fourth edition of the Balkans Wine Competition and festival will be used as a stepping stone for their international marketing.

For more details, please contact:    eng. Galina Niforou, WineMBA

                                                                  BIWCDirector

                                                                  E-mail: niforou@balkanswine.eu