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 Grand Trophy Winner of the 7th edition of the BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION (BIWC 2018) is The Rose Wine Anca – Maria Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Vladoi winery, Romania

The Grand Trophy Winner of the 7th edition of the BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION (BIWC 2018) is The Rose Wine Anca – Maria Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Vladoi winery, Romania

The other Trophy winners per categories are:

Trophy for white wine – Ergo Chardonnay 2016, Temet Winery, Serbia

Trophy for red wine –Erelia 2013, Rumelia winery, Bulgaria

Trophy for rosé –Anca - Maria Sira & Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Romania

Trophy for sparkling wine –Brut Metodo Classico 2011, Edoardo Miroglio winery

Trophy for dessert wine – Vinsanto 20 Years Barrel Aged 1994, Argyros Estate, Greece 

Trophy for orange wine -  Cu Orange 2016, Bikicki Winery, Serbia


For the fourth year will be awarded trophies for wines from local varieties:

Trophy for best white wine from indigenous variety – Assyrtiko 2017, Monemvasia winery, Greece

Trophy for best red wine from indigenous variety –Vranac Premijer, 13 Jule Plantaze winery, Montenegro

Trophy for best dessert wine from indigenous variety – Vinsanto Sigalas 2011, Sigalas winery, Greece

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 third 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:  Temet winery, family labels, Serbia

Gold medal- S, Gaia Estate, Greece

Silver Medal –3 blend, Bratanov family estate

Bronze medal –Stigmata, Thivaiki Gi, Greece


16 double gold medals have been awarded to the following countries: Bulgaria - 5, Greece - 7, Macedonia - 1, Romania - 1, Serbia - 1, Turkey - 1.

The total number of gold medals awarded by BIWC 2018 is 30, of which 8 for Bulgaria, 6 for Greece, 3 for Macedonia, 3 for Romania, 6 for Serbia, 1 for Slovenia  and 3 for Turkey.

The Balkan Wine Festival was opened by the organizers of the event Galina Niforou and Konstantinos Lazarakis MW. The exhibitors and guests of the forum were welcomed by Mr. Krasimir Koev, Executive Director of EAVW and Xaofang Guo, from the Chinese company Jointek, a partner of the Bulgarian Wine Export Association. 

Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony was opend by the incredible soloists from The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, which performance conquered all guests from Japan, China, the United States and all Balkan countries.

The winning of the Rose Rose Grand Prix coincides with the campaign of this year's Balkan Wine Competition and Festival - #winelovers agaist cancer, during which the special pink t-shirts with the campaign logo are sold during the festival.

For more information:

Nelly Ruseva, Communications Manager BIWC: 0886 555 865, mail: pr@balkanswine.eu

Galina Niforou, Director BIWC: 0885 731 331, mail: niforou@balkanswine.eu