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.
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// The Grand Trophy winner of the 5th Anniversary edition of the Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC 2016) is Sigalas Vinsanto 2006, Greece.
The Grand Trophy winner of the 5th Anniversary edition of the Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC 2016) is the dessert wine Sigalas Vinsanto 2006, Greece.
The other Trophy winners per categories are:
Trophy for white wine - Domain Marash, Lenea Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Bulgaria
Trophy for red wine - Ktima Pavlidis Emphasis, Tempranillo 2012, Greece
Trophy for rosé - Vinum Rosé 2015, Serbia
Trophy for sparkling wine - Plantaze Montenegrin Val 2012, Montenegro
Trophy for dessert wine - Sigalas Vinsanto, 2006 Santorini, Greece
For the second year will be awarded trophies for wines from local varieties:
Trophy for best white wine from indigenous variety - Posip Volarevic 2015, Croatia
Trophy for best red wine from indigenous variety - Xinomavro, Ramnista 2012, Kir Yanni, Greece
Trophy for best dessert wine from indigenous variety - Grasa de Kotnari 2000 Cotnari, Romania
Stefan Bozhkov, chairman of the commission, together with the members Emanuela Kovac and Emil Maslarski, has given his assessment of best wine label design for the second consecutive year.
The Trophy is dedicated to the memory of the Bulgarian artist Kolio Karamfilov, who is the designer of the BIWC Grand Trophy.
Trophy for best label design: Kir Yanni, family labels, Greece
Gold medal- Rossidi, family labels, Bulgaria
Silver Medal - Saga, Vinarija Bjelica, Serbia
Bronze medal - Deuric, family labels, Serbia
Total awarded gold medals of BIWC 2016 are 41 - 14 for Bulgaria, 9 for Greece, 1 Israel, 2 for Macedonia, 1 for Montenegro, 4 for Romania , 8 for Serbia and 2 for Turkey.
Balkan wine festival was opened by the event organizers Galina Niforou and Konstantinos Lazarakis. Exhibitors and guests of the Forum were welcomed by Radoslav Radev, Chairman of National Vine and Wine Chamber and Krasimir Koev , CEO of executive Agency of Vine and Wine.
Gala dinner and awards ceremony was attended by the ambassador of Israel Mrs. Irit Lilian, Mrs. Anna Sendova, board member of BCCI, many foreign guests from Japan, Serbia, Greece, Albania, Italy, Turkey, Georgia, Israel and the international jury of BIWC 2016.
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