The Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival 2012 (BIWC 2012) Press Release 2/6/2012 Date: June 13, 2012

Panel of judges at BIWC 2012

It is our pleasure to inform you that our Competition shall take place on June 14 and June 15, 2012, while the Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and June 17, 2012 from 11:00 until 19:00 – both at  Grand Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria. Only Festival is open to public.

Members of our panel of judges are highly qualified and respectable wine professionals. We have 20 members of the panel including four members holding the most prestigious qualification in the world of wine – Master of Wine (MW). Please find below their names and countries of origin and residence:

Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – Greece (Chairman)

Caroline Gilby MW – United Kingdom

Christy Canterbury MW – USA (New York)

Paul Liversedge MW – United Kingdom (residence in Switzerland)

Jaime Araujo – USA

Jan Holmström – Sweden

Vladimir Tsapelik – Russia (Moscow)

Markus Stolz – Germany (residence in Greece)

Vili Galabova – Bulgaria

Alessandro Griccioli – Italy

Robert Gorjak – Slovenia

Yana Petkova – Bulgaria

Saša Špiranec – Croatia

Luiz Alberto – USA (New Jersey)

Dimitar Nikolov – Bulgaria

Stevan Rajta – Serbia

Ivana Simjanovska – Macedonia (Skopje)

Yasen Zahariev – Bulgaria

Horia Hasnaş – Romania

Georgi Mihov – Bulgaria

Our judges are coming from 14 countries including 8 countries from the Balkan region.

For any questions whatsoever about the BIWC 2012 Competition or Festival, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the following e-mail addresses: