The Grand Trophy winner of the 5th Anniversary edition of the Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC 2016) is Sigalas Vinsanto 2006, Greece.

The Grand Trophy winner of the 5th Anniversary edition of the Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC 2016) is the dessert wine Sigalas Vinsanto 2006, Greece.

The other Trophy winners per categories are:

Trophy for white wine – Domain Marash, Lenea Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Bulgaria

Trophy for red wine – Ktima Pavlidis Emphasis, Tempranillo 2012, Greece

Trophy for rosé – Vinum Rosé 2015, Serbia

Trophy for sparkling wine – Plantaze Montenegrin Val 2012, Montenegro

Trophy for dessert wine – Sigalas Vinsanto, 2006 Santorini, Greece

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

Trophy for best white wine from indigenous variety – Posip Volarevic 2015, Croatia

Trophy for best red wine from indigenous variety – Xinomavro, Ramnista 2012, Kir Yanni, Greece

Trophy for best dessert wine from indigenous variety – Grasa de Kotnari 2000 Cotnari, Romania

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 second 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:  Kir Yanni, family labels, Greece

Gold medal- Rossidi, family labels, Bulgaria

Silver Medal – Saga, Vinarija Bjelica, Serbia

Bronze medal – Deuric, family labels, Serbia

Total awarded gold medals of BIWC 2016 are 41 – 14 for Bulgaria, 9 for Greece, 1 Israel, 2 for Macedonia, 1 for Montenegro, 4 for Romania , 8 for Serbia and 2 for Turkey.

Balkan wine festival was opened by the event organizers Galina Niforou and Konstantinos Lazarakis. Exhibitors and guests of the Forum were welcomed by Radoslav Radev, Chairman of National Vine and Wine Chamber  and Krasimir Koev , CEO of executive Agency of Vine and Wine.

Gala dinner and awards ceremony was attended by the ambassador of Israel Mrs. Irit Lilian, Mrs. Anna Sendova, board member of BCCI,  many foreign guests from Japan, Serbia, Greece, Albania, Italy, Turkey, Georgia, Israel and the international jury of BIWC 2016.

For additional information:

Nelly Ruseva – Communications Manager BIWC, phone: 0886 555 865

Galina Niforou, Director BIWC, 0885 731 331