A Record Number of Wines Compete for the Balkans International Wine Competition Awards

More than 1,000 wines and 280 wineries copete for the awards at The Balkans International Wine Competition 2022 (BIWC). Its 11th edition brings together winemakers from Bulgaria, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Romania, Croatia, Albania, Slovenia, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Montenegro, and Ukraine.


The pride of their work will be judged by an internationally prestigious jury of 21 judges, chaired by Igor Lukovic from Serbia. The jury includes 5 holders of the title of Master of Wine and established wine professionals from all around the world.


“There are only two weeks left until BIWC and I can’t wait to gather in the paradise island of Salamina and assess the best wines from the Balkans! For the first time, I will be the chairman of the jury of the Competition and it is an honor for me to be part of such a star team! This year, the jury has been expanded with new world-class wine judges and I am confident that the Competition will be remarkable,” said the President of BIWC Igor Lukovic.

The Balkan Wine Oscars will be presented at a glamorous ceremony in Ktima Filipicon, Salamina, on June 3. The most attractive and contested categories are traditionally the Grand Trophy for “Best Wine in the Balkans” and “Best Cellar in the Balkans”, but this year’s edition will also award a special prize – “Golden Dionysus”. It will be given to the best Greek wine for 2022 by the Mayor of Salamina, Mr. Panagopoulos.

“Municipality of Salamina is ready to welcome the international jury of the Balkans Wine Competition in the beginning of June. We are proud that the organizers trusted us by choosing the island to host the 11th edition of the prestigious wine forum. As a popular tourist and cultural destination, we will offer hospitality to our guests, you are welcome!”, said Georgios Panagopoulos, Mayor of Salamina.

After the competition, on June 4, a wine expo will be held, where business representatives, sommeliers, distributors, and wine lovers from the host country – Greece, and abroad are invited.

Registration for participating in the Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival lasts until  May 20. More information and instructions can be found at

“I am extremely proud that year after year the Balkans International Competition enjoys growing interest from the wine community in the region. In 2022, we are setting a new record for the number of wineries that will present their best wines in Salamina, and I am convinced that the quality will also be improved a lot. We can now have the confidence that we own a world power in winemaking”, said Galina Niforu, Director of BIWC.

The upcoming 11th edition of the Balkans Wine Festival is also receiving increased interest from exhibitors. Traditionally, the event will bring together lots of wineries and hundreds of wines under the umbrellas of a specially built town in front of the National Palace of Culture. Between June 16 and 18, Sofia will once again be a desirable destination for wine lovers and producers who will share their love for the ancient drink.

The Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival 2022 is supported by the Sofia Municipality, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the media partnership of Wines of Macedonia, All Wine Stories, Vino & Fino magazine, Sofiaadventures, Visitskopje, Vinopedia,, In your pocket,, Autentika, Turističke price, Moto Pfohe Rent a Car,,,, Sportal Media Group,,,,, your business magazine, b2b,, Agro TV, Standart,, White Water, AIDB, Az cheta,,,,, Bulgaria Wine Tours, Bulgaria Wine Tours, Fresh Cuts of Life,, Exotic Wine Travel,,,,, Literary Club “Peroto”, Ecopack.