This true Balkan wine fiesta, gathered from the 26th to the 29th of May, at the Grand Hotel Sofia, many professionals from the wine industry and wine connoisseurs from all over Bulgaria and the Balkan countries.

The fifth edition of the Balkan wine competition and festival (BIWC) was attended by international wine experts. Director and founder of the prestigious event were Mrs. Galina Niforu and Chairman - Mr. Konstantinos Lazarakis.

The forum aims to focus on wines from the Balkans, where the wine has its most ancient history. The region boasts an extreme diversity of local varieties and production of 1.8 million tons of wine annually; it ranks fifth in the world, right after the largest wine-producing countries - Italy, France, Spain and the USA. The quality of wines from the Balkan countries in recent years is extremely high and it is placed in higher and higher leading positions in the world wine map under the name of Balkan wine.

During the festival a number of interesting master classes and lectures took place, by members of the international jury, among whom were four top names - Masters of Wine: Konstantinos Lazarakis / Greece / Kenichi Ohashi / Japan / Robin Kick / USA / Yannis Karakasis / Greece /. BIWC is the only event in Bulgaria, which has the honor of being visited by Masters of Wine.

On the gala dinner the award ceremony of the participants was held and the wine medalists were declared: the winners of the trophies in various categories and the Grand Trophy for best wine in the Balkans. The Greek cellar "Sigalas" from the island of Santorini grabbed the Grand Trophy with its dessert wine Vinsanto 2006. Other awards in the various categories were:

Trophy for white wine - Domain Marash, Linea 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 - Plantage Montenegrin Val 2012, Montenegro
Trophy table vino- Vinsanto Sigalas, 2006 Santorini, Greece.

Trophies were also awarded for the wines from local varieties and for the best design for wine labels.

The total number of the awarded with gold medals BIWC 2016 were 41, 14 for Bulgaria, 9 for Greece, 1 for Israel, 2 for Macedonia, 1 for Montenegro, 4 for Romania, 8 for Serbia and 2 for Turkey.

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