The sixth edition of the Balkans International Wine Competition & Festival 2017 – open for registration!




Dear wine producers,

We would kindly like to invite you to participate to the 6th edition of THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION, which will be held in Sofia from 1 4 June 2017 in 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 2017?

  •   This year we have the pleasure to combine the BIWC with the 40th WORLD CONGRESS of OIV and the 15th GENERAL ASSEMBLY  of OIV, which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 29  May to 2 June. We are expecting more than 800 important wine personalities from all over the word to visit the BIWC Festival!
  • Especially for BIWC 2017 Festival: 30 importers, traders, distributors from USA, CHINA and JAPAN!  

4 world-renowned media will be media partners of BIWC 2016: CHEERS magazine – USA (most famous magazine in the US with on-Trade direction), BEVERAGE 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 2017 

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

Christy Canterbury MW – USA, opinion leader in USA, wine consultant/distributor

Caroline Gilby  MW –  United Kingdom – buying consultant/wine writer 

Rod Smith MW – United Kigdom /France  –  wine consultant/wine educator 

Luiz Alberto – USA

Horia Hasnas – Romania
Ivana Simjanovska – Macedonia
Sasa Spiranec – Croatia
Andreas Matthidis – Greece

Igor Lukovic – Serbia

Martin Smid – Check Republic

Yasen Zahariev – Bulgaria

Vili Galabova – Bulgaria

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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 2017: New!Best winery on BIWC! 

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 

 Best Orange wine

Best Label Design

New!!! Best winery on BIWC  the one who won the most medals

We encourage you to take advantage to be a part of the 6th 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 2017 in Sofia.

Konstantinos Lazarakis, MW         

BIWC Chairman   

Eng. Galina Niforou, Wine MBA

BIWC Managing Director