The Balkans International Wine Competition & Festival 2016 is open for registration



SOFIA, BULGARIA, MAY 26-29, 2016

Dear Wine Producers,

We would kindly like to invite you to participate to the 5th ANNIVERSARY edition of THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION, which will be held in Sofia from 26 29 May 201in Grand Hotel Sofia. The BIWC is open to wine producers from the Balkan Peninsula, Central and Eastern Europe, Black Sea region, as well as to wine producers from any other wine region.

Why participate in BIWC 2016?

•    THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION is a venue for world wine experts, Masters of Wine, wine merchants, and wine journalists and bloggers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, India, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others.

•    THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION will host representatives of the global wine connoisseur elite. Some of the world’s most qualified and demanding palates will taste and judge the best wines of the Balkans, and discover their unique character, richness, and regional complexity.

•    THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION proves to be the most important step in the promotion of the Balkan wines, to help them find their way to the tables of the world’s wine-loving community and earn their due share of the global wine market.

•    Great media coverage – TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, web, social networks from Bulgaria, the Balkans region and globally will cover the 5th anniversary edition of THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION and the Competition’s results

4 world-renowned media will be media partners of BIWC 2016: CHEERS magazine – USA (most famous magazine in the US with on-Trade direction), BEVARAGE 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 

JUDGES 2016 

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

Kenichi Ohashi MW – Japan, opinion leader in Japan, wine consultant/distributor

Robin Kick MW – United States/Switzerland – buying & cellar consultant

Yiannis Karakasis MW – Greece, the second Greek Master of Wine, wine consultant and journalist

Alessandro Griccioli – Italy

Lin Gold – Israel

Igor Lukovic – Serbia

Burcak Desombre – Turkey/France

Sasa Spiranec – Croatia

Horia Hasnas – Romania

Vili Galabova – Bulgaria

Djurdja Katic – Serbia            

 Ivana Simjanovska – Macedonia                        

Julia Kostadinova – Bulgaria

and many more.



All wines will be scored out of 20 and could claim GoldSilver and Bronze MedalsAll Gold Medal wines (of the same styles/categories) will be served against each other at the final session of the competition, for selecting Trophies and Grand Trophy.

BIWC Trophies 2016: New!! Best Orange wine

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 5th ANNIVERSARY 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 2016 in Sofia.

Konstantinos Lazarakis, MW         

BIWC Chairman   

Eng. Galina Niforou, Wine MBA

Managing Director