The best wine in the Balkans will be chosen by a jury which includes four 'Masters of Wine', the first Bulgarian Master Sommelier - Svetoslav Manolev (who works in London), wine professionals and experts from around the world.
The Wine Competition will take place between 9th - 11th September (NEW DATES) in Belgrade, following its postponement due to the pandemic and closing of borders back in March. This is the first time the competition will take place outside Bulgaria and marks the beginning of rotating the competition, to better integrate wine cellars from all participating Balkan countries.
“I believe that the energy and the inspiration that we invest in the organisation of the Balkans Wine Competition will allow us to make up for lost time. The crisis was unexpected and caused a lot of damage to the wine industry. But winemakers are people who work with passion, ambition and inspiration. I believe that forums such as the 9th Balkans Wine Competition and Festival provide a platform that wine cellars can use to tackle the crisis!” says Galina Niforou, Managing Director of BIWC.
Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, the first holder of the title 'Master of Wine' in the Balkans, is chairman of the competition and the jury. “The Balkan wine is reknown for quality and authenticity, something that consumers value! This edition of BIWC will not only help wine lovers, but also representatives of the HoReCa sector, to acquaint themselves with regional producers and their wines.”
After the competition, an exhibition will be organised with all samples at the Falkensteiner Hotel in Belgrade - to which business representatives, sommeliers, distributors and wine lovers are invited.
The second open-air edition of the Balkans Wine Festival which had been planned for early June, will now be held from 17th - 19th September in the heart of Sofia, in front of the National Palace of Culture. Guests and residents of the Bulgarian capital can enjoy a "long wine weekend" sampling and purchasing the wines from this year's competition and more.
The main mission of BIWCF is to promote Balkan wines and wine culture both in Bulgaria and around the
world. With nearly 1.8 million tonnes of wine per year, the Balkans rank 5th in the world, just behind the largest wine-producing countries - Italy, France, Spain and the United States. The Balkans International Wine Competition is the event that brings together the world's wine elite to see, drink and discover the richness and diversity of the Balkan wines. Each year, the awarded wines are celebrated at a special ceremony and gala dinner, known as the "Balkan Wine Oscars".