9th BIWC 2020
15-17 July, Belgrade, Serbia
Balkan International Wine Competition
9th BIWC 2020
15-17 July, Belgrade, Serbia
Balkan  International Wine Competition

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Invitation for BIWC 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 7-9, 2019

Dear Sir/Madame,

We would like to invite you to visit the 8th edition of THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION and FESTIVAL, which will be held in Sofia from 7-9 June as a OPEN AIR festival in front of the most spectacular venue of Soifa - National Palace of Culture.  The BIWC 2019 is а meeting point of wine producers from the Balkan Peninsula, Central and Eastern Europe, Black Sea region as well as to wine producers from other wine regions.


Specialized Trade Tasting for the BIWC 2019 panel of judges, importers, buyers, distributors, wine journalists and bloggers is scheduled for June 8, 2019 (Saturday) from 12:00 to 13:30 at the festival's venue.

Why the Balkans?
The BALKANS can be proud of the most ancient wine history in the world.
The BALKANS local grape varieties are at least as rich as rich is the spirit of the people in the region. With nearly 1.8 million tons wine production per year, the BALKANS ranks 5th in the world, right after the largest wine producing countries - Italy, France, Spain and the USA. For the last decade the BALKANS mades ​​enormous progress in the quality of its wines and can stake its claims as a key player on the world wine map.

Who will judge the wines on the BIWC 2019?

Balkan wines will be tasted and judged by some of the greatest Masters of Wine like Chairman of the BIWC Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – The first Master of Wine in the Balkans, John Salvi MW - UK/France, Beverly Tabbron MW  - UK, Rod Smith MW - UK, Darrel Joseph - USA, Igor Lukovic - Serbia, Ivana Simjanovska - North Macedonia, Horia Hasnas - Romania, Yassen Zahariev- Bulgaria, ,  Evangelos Beris PhD - Greece and many more helping in this way to build the positive image of the Balkan wines in the wine world.


The jury will choose a winner in each of the following categories: dry white wine, dry red wine, dry rosé wine, orange wine, sparkling wine and dessert wine. The winner in each category will be awarded a special trophy. The Grand Trophy of the Balkans International Wine Competition 2019 will be awarded independently of category, and to the wine that our international jury deems to be the finest, most desirable and most marketable wine presented at the competition.

The BIWC 2019 winners will be announced officially at a special Award Ceremony followed by a Gala  Dinner, to take place on  8 June 2019 at 08:30 PM at the Misala hall, Hilton Hotel  Only at  the Gala Dinner there will be a possibility for the awarded wines to be tasted at the special WINNERS TASTING BAR!

We encourage you to take advantage to be a part of the 8th edition of the BIWC to ensure the future success of your business by adding the one of a kind Balkan wine varieties and look forward to welcome you on the 8th BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2019 in Sofia.
Konstantinos Lazarakis, MW
BIWC Chairman

Eng. Galina Niforou, Wine MBA
BIWC Managing Director