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For the eleventh year in a row, Sofia will host the event that puts the focus on the Balkan wines and culture. Between 16 and 18 June, The Balkans International Wine Festival (BIWCF) will set up its traditional white tents in front of the National Palace of Culture, where 70 wine producers will offer a selection of their best products for tasting. The visitors of the Festival will be able to touch the awarded wines from the Competition, held earlier June on the Greek island Salamina – in a special Golden Tent – which was attended by a record number of participants – more than 1,000 wines and 280 winerie.
The wine that won the most points from the prestigious jury of the Competition – the winner of the Grand Trophy, will be announced during a ceremony on the first night of the three-day city event – on June 16 at 20:00 h. The host of the ceremony will be the director of BIWCF and chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Wine Exporters – Galina Niforu. The Best Cellar in the Balkans, which won the most medals in the Competition, and the trophies in the individual categories will also be announced.
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, which includes stories about stories about all nominees, voting winners and awarded winners.
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.
In this difficult hour for Ukraine, when we all suffer from russian aggression, organizers of the competition initiated the free participation of winemakers from Ukraine, which was a sign of support for our producers.
The competition was attended by: Odesos Winery (Odesa), VinSancho (Dnipropetrovsk region), Vinoman (Chernihiv region), Le Pri-more (Kherson region), Biologist craft winery (Kyiv region).
Biologist craft winery
Traditionally, the Balkans International Wine Competition jury team awards one of the best contestants from each country with the Best of Show award for the wine won the highest number of points among the wines of this country. This year the winner from Ukraine was Odesos Merlot Limited Edition 2020, Odesos Winery. By the way, this year Odesos Winery has made a stellar appearance on the international stage.
First, provided samples for presentations at the Wines of Ukraine stand, organized at the initiative of London Wine Fair 2022 and the forces of the media group Drinks+ and the company «Ukrsadvinprom». And while world buyers got acquainted with samples of Ukrainian winemaking at the exhibition, the pool of domestic producers collected the highest points at the Decanter World Wine Awards. In particular, Odesos Winery, which became the Best of Show at the Balkans International Wine Competition, won bronze and silver medals at the famous competition in London. Our Congratulations to the winery with the highest honors and we wish for all Ukrainians victory and bright future.
Sofia residents and guests of the capital will have the opportunity to spend two exciting evenings (this Thursday and Friday) and all day on Saturday, enjoying a rich program, delicious delicacies from various national cuisines, music, and games with prizes. Tickets can be taken on the spot or online, and at the entrance, souvenirs of the event will await the visitors.