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.

// For the seventh time, Sofia will be the Capital of the Balkan Wines

For more than seven years, the Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival (BIWC) has become a common name for the prestige and popularity of the wines from the region.

Every year, the interests of both the international jury, which this year is very strong with 4 Masters of Wine and 1 Master Sommelier, as well as numerous importers, traders, media and wine lovers, are growing. About 700 samples from 11 countries are expected and this is a record so far. For the first time in the jury there will be a real nobleman, Count John Umberto Salvi MW, one of the best Bordeaux wine specialists in the world.

Since this year, the BIWC regulation has been changed and the wines will be evalued by the 100 point system (so far the evaluation has been carried out on the 20 - point system). One medal has been added: DOUBLE GOLD as a great marketing tool for communication and as a bridge between gold medalists and Trophy winners in different categories.

It is a tradition for the Balkan Wine Festival to come out with a very strong program. This year,  Balkan Winelovers will have the opportunity to visit 5 master classes led by the international jury.

Bordeaux  v/s Bulgarian Bordeaux Blends - another 1976 tasting?, lecturer: Count John Salvi MW

One of the most exciting master classes in which the only nobleman among  the Masters of Wine will match top wines from Bordeaux with top Bulgarian Bordeaux blends.

Turkey through the glass of Isa Bal MS, lecturer: Isa Ball MS

For the first time in the BIWC jury a Master Sommelier will take part.  Mr. Isa Bal MS, won the title of "Best Sommelier of Europe" in the competition held in Sofia in 2008. Even then he dedicated his title to the Balkan wines.

Summer wine from Attica: Savatiano - the new Greek trend, lecturer: Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, Chairman of BIWC

A little known internationally as variety, the Savatiano brings the breath of the Greek sea and the freshness of the sea waves. This master class will be presented by the chairman of the international jury of BIWC 2018.

From Elegant To Robust - Meet Serbian Prokupac, lecturer: Igor Lukovic

Igor Lukovic is one of the most famous names in Serbian wine scene. This year he will present the best wines from the local red variety Prokupac. 

9 ½ Pinot Noirs from Bulgaria, lecturer: Marin Atanasov

The best Pinot Noirs from Bulgaria ill be presented by the sommelier and brand ambassador of the Bulgarian wines in the United States, Marin Atanassov.

For another year the Balkan Wine Festival supports the international movement #winelover-s against cancer, which numbers 25,000 people from all over the world. Famous women from Bulgaria will wear the specialy made t-shirt and will spread their message in the social media. During the Balkan Wine Festival everyone, who is touched by this cause  can buy such a t-shirt, and can help rasing the awareness for preventing the breast cancer.


Information about the event and all the news around it can be found on the BIWC website: http://www.balkanswine.eu/en/

Contact: Neli Ruseva - BIWC Communications Manager, pr@balkanswine.eu, +359 886 555 865

Galina Niforou - BIWC Director, niforou@balkanswine.eu, +359 885 731 331

Ticketstickets@balkanswine.eu, +359 889 361 231