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BIWCF sums up

21.06.2022, News

Bela Voda White 2021 from North Macedonia Won The Grand Trophy For The Best Balkan Wine.

Bela Voda White 2021 of the Tikves Winery from North Macedonia was named the best wine in the Balkans at the moment.

Balkans International Wine Competition & Festival

The decision of the expert jury became clear during the traditional award ceremony, called «Balkan Wine Oscars», at the eleventh edition of The Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival (BIWCF).

Balkans International Wine Competition & Festival

Rados Vukicevic, Tikves Winery

The official part of the evening began with a congratulatory address by the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Ivan Ivanov, read by the Executive Director of the Executive Agency for Vine and Wine Georgi Todorov. Tsvetan Simeonov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also took the stage in front of the National Palace of Culture. The ceremony was also attended by Yordan Chorbadjiiski, Chairman of the National Vine and Wine Chamber.

Георгій Тодоров

Georgi Todorov

«The time is not far off when the Balkans will take their fifth place in the ranking of world producers. I would like to thank Galina Niforou for being the driving force behind this prestigious forum for the 11th time. The wine sector is becoming stronger and more recognizable and the growing number of connoisseurs is the best illustration of this», said Simeonov.

The most prestigious award in the competition was presented by the director of BIWCF and chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Wine Exporters Galina Niforu. Rados Vukicevic, director of Tikves Winery, took the stage to receive the statuette in person.

Tikves Winery

«I am very happy that this wine won the grand prize of the Balkan International Wine Competition, because 12 years ago, when it was created, it was the first wine from North Macedonia, awarded many points by Robert Parker. And today it is number 1 in our country as well!», said Niforou.

The trophy for «Best Winery in the Balkans» was awarded for the third year in a row to Turkish Suvla Winery. The award is given to the winery that won the most medals in the competition. The award went to Sulim Winery’s Selim Ellialti, who expressed his gratitude and pride for the award and the fact that their team is part of the Balkan community that BIWCF unites.

Balkans International Wine Competition & Festival

Selim Ellialti, Suvla Winery

At the end of the ceremony, BIWCF Director Galina Niforou announced the next host country which will host the competition. In 2022, the jury of the wine forum will assess Balkan wines in Romania (Bistrita-Nasaud, Transylvania).

Here is the complete list of trophy holders in the different categories:

Best Dry White Wine Trophy – Bela Voda White 2021, Tikves winery, North Macedonia

Best Dry Red Wine Trophy – N 1/2, Vinarija Ivanovic, Serbia

Best Dry Rose Wine Trophy – ISSA Pinot Noir Rose 2021, Crama la Salina, Romania and Zelanos Pinot Noir Rose 2021, Zelanos Winery, Bulgaria

Best Sparkling wine Trophy – Rose Metodo Classico, 2016, Edoardo Miroglio, Bulgaria

Best Orange Wine Trophy – Orange, 2020, Vidinska Gamza, Bulgaria

Best Organic Wine Trophy – Assyrtiko Nikolaou Bio 2021, Greece

Best Dessert Wine Trophy – Monemvasia-Malvasia, 2011, Monemvasia Winery, Greece

Best Semisweet Wine Trophy – Oenodos Moschato Semisweet, 2021, Evdaimon – Tselepis P.C, Greece

Best Special Wine Trophy – SWEET SUNSET, 2020, Skevofilax, Greece

Best Indigenous Red Wine Trophy – Prokupac 2019, Vinarija Grabak, Serbia

Best Indigenous White Wine Trophy – Cuvee Evdemon, 2018, Estate Argyros, Santorini, Greece

Best Indigenous Dessert Wine Trophy – Vinsanto Late Release,  2002, Estate Argyros, Santorini, Greece

Best Label Design Trophy – Gorun Winery, Bulgaria

The other participants in the contest with a record number of samples won double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals. The awards for best wine by country –  Best of Show – were announced after the end of the competition in Salamina, Greece. From Ukraine such a winner was the wine Odessos Merlot Limited Edition 2020, winery ODESSOS WINERY. More details here.

Balkan Wine Festival

Drinks + Media Group and Wine Travel Awards performed at a competition in Greece (Salamis) and the Wine Festival in Bulgaria as the information partner.


At both events, the WTA team presented the Wine Travel Awards Guide, published by the Drinks + media group.


The Wine Travel Awards Guide includes stories about stories about all nominees, voting winners and awarded winners.

Balkans International Wine Competition & Festival

On the last day of the Balkans International Wine Competition, the nominees’ wines and sponsors of the Wine Travel Awards were presented, including a presentation of Ukrainian wines, specifically: Vinoman, Le Pri-more, Biologist craft wineryOdesos Winery, VinSancho.