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.

// 7th edition of The Balkans International Wine Competition & Festival 2018 - open for registration!



SOFIA, BULGARIA, MAY 17-20, 2018

Dear wine producers,

We are pleased to invite you to the seventh edition of THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018, which will take place from May 17-20, 2018 at Grand Hotel Sofia.( http://www.balkanswine.eu/en/)
For more than seven years, the BIWC has become a byword for excellent wines, prestige and popularity of wines from the region.
Every year we are also enjoying increasing interest from the international jury and from the visitors of the Balkan Wine Festival. Please, find attached the presentation of the BIWC.
Use preferential prices until April 10 and join the largest Balkan wine event!
BIWC 2018 New Vision!
Greater media coverage, newer and more modern image! Check out our new logo and the new look of the medals that will tell you about your achievements!
Especially for BIWC 2018!
This year we are starting a partnership with the biggest Chinese wine organisation, INTERWINE CHINA (http://www.interwine.org/en/). The  agreement of cooperation to the Balkan wines will be signed on March 28 in Guangzhou, China. A series of events will be prepared to promote the BIWC 2018 medalists.
The Balkan wine feast will be visited by 30 importers from the USA, China and Japan, as well as many others who have already expressed their interest - Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Poland, Great Britain and others.
New to BIWC 2018!
Change the Contest Regulation! - From this year, the BIWC regulation will be changed and the wines will be evaluated by the 100 point system (up to now the 20 - ball system) and one more DOUBLE GOLD. This will happen for several reasons:
1. Most wineries use the 100-ball system as a marketing tool and proudly show their points.
2. The use of the new DOUBLE GOLD medal will allow exceptional wines to shine and facilitate the process of determining Trophies in the different categories.
3. Here is how the assessment itself will look like:
                        95-100 - DOUBLE GOLD
                        90-95 - GOLD
                        86-89 - SILVER
                        82-85 - BRONZE
New at the Balkan Wine Festival! - Casavino's Wine Shop - to make it easier for visitors who want to buy wine from the Festival.
Media Coverage
New media channels will surprise all professionals and wine lovers in Sofia, Bulgaria and the world! International, regional and national TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, web& social networks will cover THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018.

4 world-renowned media will be media partners of BIWC 2018: CHEERS magazine - USA (most famous magazine in the US with on-Trade direction), BEVERAGE DYNAMICS - USA (most famous magazine in the US with off-Trade direction), WINE KINGDOM - JAPAN (most famous magazine in Japan with off-focus Trade) and WINE IN CHINA magazine - CHINA  and many more regional and international media.


Chairman of the BIWC - Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – The first Master of Wine in the Balkans and South East Europe

Count John Umberto Salvi MW – United Kingdom/France

Jo Ahearne MW – Australia

Isa Bal MS – United Kingdom/ Turkey

Hing Cheng – Hong Kong/China

Elias Macovela – Portugal

Martin Smid – Check Republic 

Horia Hasnas – Romania

Igor Lukovic – Serbia

Peder Larsen – Denmark

Dimitar Nikolov – Bulgaria and many more.

For more information about the BIWC 2016 Jury, please visit our website: http://www.balkanswine.eu/en/pages/Competition/Judges/

BIWC Trophies 2016: For the second year, “The best Winery of the Balkans” will be selected. This will be the winery with most medals in the Competition!

Trophies will be given for the following categories: 

Dry White Wine

Dry Red Wine

Dry Rosé Wine

Sparkling Wine

Dessert Wine

Best Wine from Indigenous Balkan Variety 

NEW!!! Best Orange wine

Best Label Design

We encourage you to take advantage to be a part of the 7th  edition of the BIWC to ensure the future success of your business and look forward to welcome you on the BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018 in Sofia. Good luck! 

Konstantinos Lazarakis, MW         

BIWC Chairman   


Eng. Galina Niforou, Wine MBA

Managing Director