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Villány in international focus

The first international Franc & Franc conference results announces.


Producers of Hungarian Villány wine region have been organizing Franc & Franc conference and tasting for years, and by today the event has become the internation forum of Cabernet Franc variety. After several years of successful conferences, they decided to create a prestigious wine competition focusing on Cabernet Franc – this is Franc Du Monde.

Wines could arrive from every region of the world, where – like in Villány – winemakers pay special attention to this grape and make varietal Cabernet Franc wines.

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ENTRIES TO THE WINE COMPETITION COULD BE MADE IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  • classic: Cabernet Franc single-varietal wines with at least 9% ABV
  • premium: Cabernet Franc single-varietal wines aged for at least 12 months in oak with at least 12.5% ABV
  • older vintages: Cabernet Franc single-varietal wines with vintage at least ten years ago (in 2022, wines from the 2012 vintage or older)
  • blends: blends containing at least 70% Cabernet Franc.

Villány

The story started with legendary Michael Broadbent visiting Villány in 2000 and making his famous statement: «Cabernet Franc has found its natural home in Villány». «Our decision to create a new wine contest was inspired by the experiences of the past years, since Villány wine region has already organized Cabernet Franc themed trade and consumer events 6 times so far. During these years many of the most significant Old and New World producers presented their wines at Franc & Franc. They are devoted producers who believe in the variety and make varietal wine of it» – commented Gergely Nagy, the executive manager of Tenkes Regional Development Nonprofit Ltd.

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Premium – the most popular segment

101 wines entered from 8 countries: France, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Argentina and Hungary. «Premium» was the most popular category with 67 entries. Wines were evaluated by renowned international wine experts including two Master of Wine experts.

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JURY MEMBERS:

Cees van Casteren MW , Ximena Pacheco, György Orodán, Zoltán Győrffy, Csilla Sebestyén, Pasi Ketolainen MW, Attila Fiáth, Ágnes Németh, Davide Bortone, Tolson Sue, Niklas Bergquist, László Romsics, Ivett Vancsik, Jeroen Terhorst, Joel B. Payne, Tomislav Ivanovic.

As the jury members summarized after the contest, the overall quality of the wines was very high, and since the contest followed the OIV rules, only 30% of the entered wines could receive medal. The medal winner wines are all above 89.2 points!

Villány

FRANC DU MONDE INTERNATIONAL WINE CONTEST MEDAL WINNERS:

GOLD MEDALS:

– Bock Cabernet Franc 1993, Villány, Hungary (old vintage wine)

– Fritsch Villányi Cabernet Franc 2019, Villány, Hungary (classic)

– Günzer Tamás Bocor Villányi Franc 2019, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Csányi Chateau Teleki Villányi Cabernet Franc 2002 ,Villány, Hungary (old vintage wine)

– El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2016, Argenina (premium)

– Vylyan Franc Variations 2020 barrel 2020, Villány, Hungary (classic)

– Blum Villányi Franc 2018, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Tajna Cabernet Franc 2019, Slovakia (premium)

– Bodri Cabernet Franc “Dűlő” (Vineyard) Selection 2019, Szekszárd, Hungary (premium)

– Havas & Timár Franom 2018, Eger, Hungary (premium)

– Bock Villányi Franc Ördögárok Selection 2015, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Csányi Teleki Tradíció 1881 Villányi Franc KOPÁR 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

SIVER MEDALS:

– Jackfall Cabernet Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary (classic)

– Belo Brdo Cabernet Franc black Label 2017, Serbia (premium)

– Havas & Timár Franom Barrel Selection, 2017, Eger, Hungary (premium)

– Szende Kopár Villányi Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Mokos Villányi Franc Super Premium 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Blum Cabernet Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary (classic)

– Weninger & Gere Villányi Franc (Csillagvölgy) 2018, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Antal Cabernet Franc 2020, Szekszárd, Hungary (classic)

– Vesztergombi Kerékhegy Cabernet Franc 2017, Szekszárd, Hungary (premium)

– Lelovits Tamás Villányi Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Bock Villányi Franc Fekete-hegy Selection 2012, Villány, Hungary (old vintage wine)

– Bakonyi BIO Villányi Cabernet Franc 2020, Villány, Hungary (classic)

– Mokos Villányi Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Csányi Chateau Teleki Villányi Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Bock Villányi Franc Fekete-hegy Selection 2009, Villány, Hungary (old vintage wine)

– Bock Villányi Franc M Selection 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

–Cabernet Franc 2013, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Koch VinArt Cabernet Franc 2018 Villány, Hungary (classic)

– Feravino (Enosophia) Cabernet Franc Miraz 2018, Croatia (premium)

– Heumann La Trinitá Villányi Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

– Koch VinArt 899 Villányi Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary (premium)

Villány

The award ceremony took place a day after the contest (11 June) at Bock Winery conference centre. The conference was funded by «Wine Tour Across Borders» HUHR/1901/2.1.3/0095 project of Villány wine region. After giving over the certificates, Cees van Casteren MW, Pasi Ketolainen MW, Chilean winemaker Ximena Pacheco and András Horkay DipWSET gave lectures about different Cabernet Franc styles and summarized their experiences. The ceremony ended with lunch and tasting of the samples.

The first international Franc & Franc conference results announces. Producers of Hungarian Villány wine region have been organizing Franc & Franc conference and tasting for years, and by today the event has become the internation forum of Cabernet Franc variety. After several years of successful conferences, they decided to create a prestigious wine competition focusing […]

BIWCF sums up

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, which 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.

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. The decision of the expert jury became clear during the traditional award ceremony, called «Balkan Wine Oscars», […]

Wine Travel Awards’ first edition: success at the London Wine Fair

In 2021, as a reaction to the coronavirus crisis the whole wine world was finally convinced of the need for the digitalization of their businesses. The Communication Media Group Drinks+ did not stay aside from this new opportunity and created a new global project dedicated to wine tourism – the Wine Travel Awards (WTA). Ironically, the online-offline hybrid strategy that was a core of the concept helped not only members of the WTA community to demonstrate their business-models to the world, but became a lifeboat to the media group and its team itself. Less than 6 months after launching the WTA, Putin began his invasion of Ukraine, where the Wine Travel Awards had their head office and where 70% of the team worked.


Awards had their head office and where 70% of the team worked. However, despite the Russian war in Ukraine and this being just the first year of the project and a startup spin-off, since the first days of existence the WTA has managed to bring together the leading experts in the field of wine and wine tourism from 30 different countries.

Wine Travel Awards

As the result of an exciting first campaign year, with extreme pride from the team and community members, the First Wine Travel Awards Ceremony happened at the London Wine Fair in the «Industry Briefing Room» on June 8th, 2022 as a private event. The Wine Travel Awards Ceremony highlighted the results of the 2021-2022 campaign, where the winners of both public voting and professional jury selection were appraised and new and prosperous names in the wine tourism business were revealed.

Wine Travel Awards

The 2-hour program agenda included a presentation of the project and its partners, announcement of the winners and WTA discoveries, and a walk-around tasting of wines of the WTA community members.

FW. Langguth Erben

Among the walk-around tasting participants, there were international nominees: F.W. Langguth Erben (Germany), Castel Mimi (Moldova), Shumi Winery (Georgia), Chateau Mukhrani (Georgia), «Armenia Wine» Factory LLC (Armenia), as well as the nominees from Ukraine: 46 Parallel Wine Group, Fathers Wine, Beykush Winery, Shabo Winery, Stakhovsky Wines, Prince Trubetskoi Winery, Honey Badger. Some of these WTA members of Ukrainian origin are now under occupation or were destroyed.

The ceremony was attended by reputable WTA judges such as Robert Joseph, British wine expert, consultant, producer, an editorial consultant for Meininger’s Wine Business International, Felicity Carter, Executive Editor, Pix+ Special Projects, and Doctor Ricardo F. Nunez, the owner of the Vinos de La Luz company, that just received three platinum medals at the Decanter, having won the opportunity to present the «platinum» bottle to Hannah Tovey, Event Director of the LWF.

The Consortium Asti DOCG, as an official sponsor of the WTA Ceremony, provided the guests with welcome drinks that demonstrated to the professionals gathered at the event how diverse Asti can be!

Among the WTA Ceremony guests, there was Federica Zanghirella – Vice President of the UK Sommelier Association, another reputable organization that supported the WTA Ceremony. All together the ceremony, which was invitation-only, received 80 VIP guests.

Wine Travel Awards

Presenting a WTA judge’s perspective, Robert Joseph said during the ceremony: «When I was first invited to get involved with these awards, I thought really strongly about it. To be publishing in the Ukrainian magazine, that is not an easy place to be but I also had a personal interest because I did a book guide on wine tourism about 15 years ago, and I spent quite a lot of time looking at wine tourism all the years. And the variety of offerings across the world has exploded. As one of the judges of the WTA competition, I had a really hard time, there were a lot of really good entries. In my short list that I’ve got to evaluate, I thought everybody had the right to win and I would like to congratulate everybody that took part in this competition.»

The WTA results were published in The Wine Travel Awards Guide 2021-2022 which, since March 2022 and until the end of the year, have been distributed at the world’s leading wine exhibitions and the WTA events, such as ProWein, London Wine Fair, Bordeaux Wine Week, etc.



Wine Travel Awards

Welcome the first-year edition’s winners:

1.The Visiting Card of the Country

Must visit – #124 Château Mukhrani (Georgia)

Brand – the visiting card of the country – #33 Vinaria Purcari (Moldova)

Progressive approach – #160 Frank John winery (Germany)

Authentic location – #143 Villa dei Misteri: the wine of Ancient Pompeii (Italy)

Objet d’Art – #164 Museo d’Impresa Mastroberardino Atripalda (Italy)

2.Education in Enotourism

Unique program – #15 “Master Class”, the first sommelier school in Ukraine (Ukraine)

Cultural mission – #136 GuideMASTER Wine Tour Guide Program (Armenia)

3.Enogastronomic Events

Magnet of the region – #152 The Shumi Winery (Georgia)

Effective event – #170 London Wine Fair (UK)

Event of the year – #150 Yerevan Wine Days (Armenia)

4.Ambassador

Ambassador of the year – #133 Wine Paths (France)

Creative strategy – #97 Vinuri de Comrat (Moldova)

5.Wine & Food Influencer

Author of the year – #34  Alder Yarrow (USA)

Research of the year – #159 Wine consumption study (Armenia)

Expert opinion – #38 Alder Yarrow (USA)

The brightest journey – #83 AdVINEtures (Canada)

6.Wine Guide

Guide of the year – #147 Vini Armenian Wine Guide (Armenia)

Unique route – #45 Tanisha Townsend (France)

Educational tour of the year – #109 WineStatistics (Romania).

Wine Travel Awards

All the winners received trophies and diplomas, rare wines from the WTA partners and educational courses and gift certificates from the most reputable wine tourism institutions. An additional bonus is that all the winners are automatically participating in the 2nd edition of the WTA campaign.

Wine Travel Awards

However, there are no losers in the Wine Travel Awards. And this is the main feature of the project: places and prizes are just the cherry on top. And the main dish of the project is a global tailored-made advertising campaign for each nominee that lasts throughout the year and includes both digital promotion and offline activities – such as participation in the world’s largest wine exhibitions and private events of the WTA.

Wine Travel Awards

Up to the London Wine Fair, the nominees have been presented in a number of events – in Ukraine, Italy, Spain, as well as in large-scale exhibitions – such as ProWein (5,700 exhibitors + 38,000 visitors from 145 countries) and Vinitaly (4,400 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors from 139 countries). Now it was the London Wine Fair.

Wine Travel Awards

Followed by the Balkans International Wine Competition 2022 (Greece) and the premiere of Bordeaux Wine Week. Taking into account the audiences, including online, to which information about the nominees of the Wine Travel Awards was presented, today the awareness of this project reaches the figure of almost half a million operators in the wine and tourism industry.

Wine Travel Awards

The WTA team appreciates all the help and support from the London Wine Fair that made this event possible. Besides, the London Wine Fair – one of the major events in the wine world, opened the doors, hearts and market of Great Britain for Ukrainian winemakers!

Wine Travel Awards

For the first time in the history of LWF and Ukraine, wines of Ukrainian producers were widely presented at the joint stand of Wines of Ukraine during this large-scale international event. To support Ukraine in times of hardship, the organisers of the LWF 2022 initiated the creation of a joint stand, and gave Ukrainian winemakers the opportunity to present their products for free. Logistic efforts and organisational costs were borne by LWF in cooperation with Drinks+ Communication Media Group and Ukrsadvinprom from the Ukrainian side.

This stand located in the heart of LWF became a great success, as it had a little bit of everything – from entry-level drinks to high-price limited edition wines already with international recognition, such as Beykush winery. The winery is located in the area shelled by Russia and just won gold at Decanter wine awards. It was fantastic to see so many people with such a desire to understand and taste Ukrainian wines.

Wine Travel Awards

Volunteer at the Wines of Ukraine stand Richard Bampfield MW kindly left his feedback after tasting some Ukrainian products: «I liked EL CAPITAN Pinot Noir from 46 Parallel Wine Group. I thought the Brandy Aznauri XO 8 from Akkerman Distillery was particularly good. All 3 wines from Beykush Winery were excellent: Yafe Nagar 2019, Arbina 2019, Kara Kermen 2017. In my opinion, Beykush is the standout producer there. I got plenty of interest in and likes for the Pet-Nat White Blend 2020 and Orange wine from Biologist (doubts about the packaging…).»

Mr. Bampfield also noted that Chateau Chizay had good Furmint and Cabernet Franc, Shabo Winery – Telti Kuruk Grand Reserve 2017 and Cabernet Franc / Merlot / Saperavi 2019. Stakhovsky Wines – Merlot 2019, Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 and Saperavi 2018 – all 3 of these were very good. «I really enjoyed presenting them, they deserve UK distribution,» added Richard Bampfield MW in the end.

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Another volunteer of the Ukrainian wines stand Bradley Horne, Founder of WineTimeLondon, commented: «I really loved the vibe behind the LWF and wines of Ukraine stand, the passion from the staff and the volunteers was fabulous. Beykush Winery stood out to me, I love all the wines and the Arbina 2019 100% Rkatsiteli skin contact was fantastic, great fruit characters – apricot, orange zest, limes – with stunning texture and balance; the skin contact well-judged and nice acidity.»

The WTA team has already prepared the ground for WTA 2022-2023 that will start officially on the 1st of September. Join the community and receive a year-long advertising campaign! You’ll be highlighted in the WTA Discovery area on the official website right away – and be automatically included in the WTA campaign next year, too!

Congratulations to the Wine Travel Awards first year edition winners! We wish all of you the future prosperity, growth and more victories you deserve!

Photo: Oleg Savca

In 2021, as a reaction to the coronavirus crisis the whole wine world was finally convinced of the need for the digitalization of their businesses. The Communication Media Group Drinks+ did not stay aside from this new opportunity and created a new global project dedicated to wine tourism – the Wine Travel Awards (WTA). Ironically, […]

The Balkan Wine Festival opened its «Wine Town» in the heart of Sofia today

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.

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, which includes stories about stories about all nominees, voting winners and awarded winners.

Balkan Wine 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.

Balkan Wine Festival

Vinoman

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.

Balkan Wine Festival

Le Pri-more

The competition was attended by: Odesos Winery (Odesa), VinSancho (Dnipropetrovsk region), Vinoman (Chernihiv region), Le Pri-more (Kherson region), Biologist craft winery (Kyiv region).

Balkan Wine Festival

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.

Balkan Wine Festival

Odesos Winery

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.

Balkan Wine Festival

VinSancho

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.

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 […]

Vinos de La Luz at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022: the highest level recognition

The only winery in the world awarded with 3 Platinum Medals – Vinos de la Luz – will be presented at the Bordeaux Wine Week WTA Tasting.


Vinos de La Luz became the only winery in the world to receive three Platinum Medals at the DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2022. Three Platinum Medals and 97 points for Vinos de La Luz for its Callejón del Crimen Blend de Terroirs Malbec 2019, Callejón del Crimen Single Vineyard Gualtallary Malbec 2019 and Relatos del Callejón Malbec 2020 from La Luz del Vino winery were given by DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS international wine experts. This year, the judging panels were presented by almost 250 international wine experts, including 41 Masters of Wine and 13 Master Sommeliers.

All three awarded wines come from vineyards in the Uco Valley (Mendoza), where the winery is located. Speaking about winery and its exceptional vineyards, Vinos de La Luz winery currently has 106 hectares of its own vineyards in four exceptional vineyards in the Uco Valley: Gualtallary, Paraje Altamira, Vista Flores, and Pampa el Cepillo. Year after year, over 500,000 liters are produced by the winery.

Since their beginning, the Vinos de La Luz team, led by Mendoza winemaker Pablo Navarrete, has had a strong commitment to the deep exploration of the different characteristics of the Uco Valley. Thus, the result is Blend de Terroirs; the line is made with Malbec from their four estates: Gualtallary, Vista Flores, Paraje Altamira and Pampa El Cepillo, the line that best represents its geographical diversity.

Vinos de La Luz на Decanter World Wine Awards

“This sublime combination of our terroirs shows our commitment to value and communicate the richness of the different terroirs and expressions that the Uco Valley gives us”, says Navarrete.

Blend de Terroirs is the big brother of Callejón del Crimen Single Vineyard Gualtallary Malbec 2019, which comes from one of the most extreme and exciting places where Argentine wines are born – at almost 1,300 meters above sea level. Wines from Gualtallary have the presence of purity, freshness, juiciness and herbs thanks to their particular calcareous, stony, alluvial, sandy soil and pebbled soils.

Vinos de La Luz на Decanter World Wine Awards

Relatos del Callejón 2020 comes from the Vista Flores vineyard, from the Malbec variety, which is the most cultivated in the winery. In this wine, the winemaking team wanted to express and bottle this high altitude varietal. With 8 months of ageing in French oak barrels, it is a fresh, subtle and elegant wine that with its name, keeps alive the memory of the characters that inspired the birth of the winery.

Vinos de La Luz на Decanter World Wine Awards

It also should be noted that the Vinos de La Luz stellar winery  from the Uco Valley – La Luz del Vino is a Wine Travel Awards nominee. Dr. Ricardo F. Nunez, the owner of the international wine group Vinos de La Luz, participated in the awards as a member of the WTA panel of judges and sponsor of the Wine & Food Influencers nomination.

As part of the wine festival Bordeaux Wine Week, on June 22, there will be a unique tasting of Vinos de la Luz Decanter Platinum Medals awarded wines as well as the special line-up of premium wines ILUMINADO Vinos de La Luz. Each ILUMINADO Vinos de La Luz is a mono-varietal wine made from grape varieties that are symbols for each region where the Vinos de La Luz wineries are located: Argentina, Spain, Italy and California.

Also guests of the event will have a presentation of the Wine Travel Awards project and awarding the WTA winners from France.

A presentation and a wine tasting will be held at La Cité du Vin on June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at hall No. 2. The Wine Travel Awards tasting can be called a unique event in the middle of another unique event.

ABOUT VINOS DE LA LUZ

The international group Vinos de La Luz belongs to the Fernández Núñez family and has wineries in different wine regions of the world, with its own brands in each country: Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina (Callejón del Crimen); Ribera del Duero, Peñafiel, Spain (Valpincia, Pagos de Valcerracín and Cinema); Montalcino, Italy (Cinema Rosso and Paraíso) and Santa María Valley, California, USA, and all of them produce an icon wine called Iluminado Vinos de La Luz, one of whose expressions – Iluminado Paraje Altamira Malbec 2015 – received the distinction of Best In Show, Platinum medal and 97 points, at Decanter 2019.

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The only winery in the world awarded with 3 Platinum Medals – Vinos de la Luz – will be presented at the Bordeaux Wine Week WTA Tasting. Vinos de La Luz became the only winery in the world to receive three Platinum Medals at the DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2022. Three Platinum Medals and 97 […]

Blue Nun: the double celebration of the cult wine

The cult wine celebrates its 100th vintage with an impressive relaunch and a new portfolio


The launch of the German Blue Nun wine brand in 1921 saw the start of a golden decade, which has resulted in a best-selling brand to this very day. The Roaring 20ies. German design revolutionised the world and, on international wine lists, German wine was considered the finest and most expensive of all. It was during this time that F. Scott Fitzgerald published his novel „The Great Gatsby“. Walt Disney drew his first animated film with Mickey Mouse and Albert Einstein received the Nobel Prize for his theory of relativity. Merely 8% of households had a telephone. Yet, joie de vivre was all the greater for it. And, Berlin, Germany‘s capital, was the place to be.

Blue Nun

The first wine to become a pop icon

Half a century later, Blue Nun had become part of pop culture. In the 1960s and 70s, stars drank and celebrated

with Blue Nun – among them the Beatles and David Bowie, Elvis Presley, and Fleetwood Mac! And even the antiestablishment had created a monument to the global Blue Nun brand. The Beastie Boys dedicated an entire song to the Blue Nun brand on their „Check your head“ album. And, whenever he has the chance to enjoy a glass of Blue Nun, Bruno Mars is no saint either. 1.1 billion bottles of Blue Nun have been sold to date. Blue Nun has also been available as a sparkling wine since 2010 – and is especially successful in the 24K variant, with gold flakes. A kosher variety has also been available since 2016, which has boosted Blue Nun enormously, especially in Israel.

The new look by New York star designer, Paula Scher

On the occasion of the Blue Nun‘s 100th anniversary, Paula Scher, a well-known New York designer, who is responsible for the logos of Tiffany & Co, Rolls Royce and Citi Bank, to mention but a few, has developed a new, iconic and distinctive Blue Nun packaging. With a hint of Art Deco and a sophisticated modernisation of the Blue Nun, Paula Scher combines the design elements of the 1920s with those of the 2020s. She remains true to her credo for success: “When you try to create an identity, you need to create an ability to recognize and understand things right away.”

The new portfolio, with a focus on authenticity

„Blue Nun“ began its triumphal march 100 years ago as Liebfraumilch. Meanwhile, it has become a cult wine brand that delights wine drinkers around the globe with fruity and dry wines, as well as sparkling wine varieties.

Authentic White

The „New Authentic Blends” are at the heart of the brand, with Authentic White and Authentic Rose. They combine the strengths of different grape varieties and origins to create a unique taste profile that characterises Blue Nun: for instance, for the „Authentic White“, the Blue Nun winemakers blend Riesling from Germany, Chardonnay from Italy, Muscat from Hungary, and the autochthonous grape variety, Airen, from Spain. The new portfolio is complemented by three white and three rose wines, in addition to the best-selling „24K“ sparkling wines, crowned with gold flakes, which shine in a new Paula Scher splendour, just like the entire portfolio.

Authentic Rose

The new Blue Nun collection is available in 90 countries and presents the iconic wine brand in a refreshingly different way even after 100 years!

As part of the First Wine Travel Awards Ceremony in London, the London Wine Fair hosted a tasting of Blue Nun wines by F.W. Langguth Erben: Blue Nun Authentic White, Blue Nun Authentic Pink, Blue Nun Sparkling 24K Gold Edition. Blue Nun wines were also presented at the Drinks + / Wine Travel Awards during the three days of the exhibition. F.W. Langguth Erben has the status of National Sponsor of the Award.

The cult wine celebrates its 100th vintage with an impressive relaunch and a new portfolio The launch of the German Blue Nun wine brand in 1921 saw the start of a golden decade, which has resulted in a best-selling brand to this very day. The Roaring 20ies. German design revolutionised the world and, on international […]

The Best Wines from the Balkans Were Awarded at a Glamorous Ceremony in Salamina

For the eleventh consecutive year, the best wines in the Balkans were awarded in the prestigious contest The Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC). This year it was held on the historic Greek island Salamina, and a record number of participants took part in the competition – more than 1,000 wines and 280 wineries. At an official ceremony and gala dinner in Ktima Filippikon, the prestigious international jury announced the host country of the next edition of the Competition – Romania! In June 2023, Bistrita-Nassaud, Transylvania, will host the 12th edition of the BIWC.


The biggest prize in the competition – the Grand Trophy for the “Best Wine in the Balkans”, the best cellar in the Balkans, which won the largest number of medals in the competition, as well as the trophies in each category – will be awarded at a glamorous Balkan ceremony “Balkan Wine Oscars” on the first night of the Festival in Sofia – on June 16 at 8 p.m. in the Wine Town in front of the National Palace of Culture.

The Balkans International Wine Competition

The International Wine Travel Awards was presented to BIWC as an information partner. In addition, the WTA team presented the Wine Travel Awards Guide, published by the Drinks + media group, which includes stories about all nominees, winners and prize-winners.

The Balkans International Wine Competition

On the last day of the competition, the wines of the WTA nominees and sponsors were presented, and a presentation of Ukrainian wines was held.

The Balkans International Wine Competition

Traditionally, the jury awards one of the best participants from each country in the Competition with the ‘Best of Show’ award, for the wine that won the highest number of points for each country. The Bulgarian winner in this category is Zelanos Rose Pinot Noir 2021, ZELANOS WINERY winery. From Ukraine such a winner was the wine Odessos Merlot Limited Edition 2020, winery ODESSOS WINERY. Here are the other winners:

Best of Show Albania

Juga e Bardhe 2021

KANTINA FABA

Best of Show Bosnia and Herzegovina

Perle Ljubavi 2021

VINARIJA FAZAN

Best of Show Croatia

Plovac Ploski 2015

CARIC WINERY

Best of Show Greece

Diaporos Xinomavro 2017

KIR YIANNI ESTATE

Best of Show Kosovo

Rahova Klasike Reserve 2019

LABI WINES

Best of Show Montenegro

Stari Podrum Vranac 2013

PLANTAZE WINERY

Best of Show North Macedonia

Luda Mara Vranec 2019

TIKVES WINERY

Best of Show Romania

Crama Gabai Red Blend 2019

CRABA GABAI

Best of Show Serbia

Vincic White Reserve 2012

VINCIC WINERY

Best of Show Slovenia

Seven Numbers Sauvignon Blanc 2019

PUKLAVEC FAMILY WINES

Best of Show Turkey

Suvla Bogazkere – Okuzgozu 2021

SUVLA WINERY

Best of Show Ukraine

Odessos Merlot Limited Edition 2020

ODESSOS WINERY


The award ceremony was hosted by Galina Niforu, BIWC’s director, Igor Lukovic, this year’s BIWC president, and Konstantinos Lazarakis, honored president of BIWC. It was opened by the mayor of Salamina Georgios Panagopoulos, in the presence of the Bulgarian ambassador in Greece – Valentin Poryazov, the ambassador of Turkey in Greece – Mr. Özügergin, and diplomats from Slovenia, Romania, and Ukraine. The ceremony was also attended by the President of the Trade association of Salamina – Konstantinos Speciotakis, Konstantinos Zafiris, and Antonis Zafiris from the Link EPE  company – logistics partner of the Competition, business representatives from Athens, Piraeus, Salamina, and fans of the Balkan wine.

The Balkans International Wine Competition

I am really impressed by the warmth and professionalism of the hosts from Salamina. For me personally, it was extremely exciting my second home to host the twelfth edition of BIWC. For the glamorous ceremony, we had not only a record number of samples but also a record quality! Im observing the development of the wines from the region and I can honestly say that we are approaching, with a brave tempo, the world powers!, says Galina Niforou.

Special awards with the image of Salamina island and an olive branch were given by the mayor of Salamina to all Master of Wines that attended the event: Earl John Salvi MW, Caroline Gilby MW, Rod Smith MW, Robin Kick MW, and all other jury members received diplomas for their participation.

The Balkans International Wine Competition

All awarded wines from the Competition can be tasted in the special Golden Tent in the Wine Town in front of the National Palace of Culture. Apart from the rich program and the extremely generous selection of wines from the whole Balkan region, the guests of the Festival will be the first to learn the name of the winner of the Grand Trophy, the real culmination of the eleventh edition of BIWCF!

If you want to be accredited for the festival, please reply to this email with your first and last name, email address, phone number, and the media you will represent.

Journalists that are accredited journalists will be able to take their pass only on the first day of the festival – June 16 from 17:00 to 22:00.

The Balkans International Wine Competition

The Balkan International Wine Competition and Festival 2022 is supported by the Sofia Municipality, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the media partnership of Wines of Macedonia, All Wine Stories, Vino & Fino magazine, Sofiaadventures, Visitskopje, Vinopedia, Winepeople.ro, In your pocket, Drinks.ua, Wine Travel Awards, ivanasimjanovska.com,  Autentika, Turističke priče, Moto Pfohe Rent a Car, Страница.бг, vevesti.bg, divident.eu, Sportal Media Group, Exporter.bg, Apollowine.com, Hit-bg.com, WineBG.info, списание твоят БИЗНЕС, b2b media.bg, ExpoWorld.bg, Agro TV, Стандарт, Trio.bg, White Water, АИДБ, Аз чета, Jasmin.bg, bgtourism.bg, Winetours.bg, Wineo.bg, Bulgaria Wine Тours, Bulgaria Wine Тours, Fresh Cuts of Life, WineTourMaker.com, Exotic Wine Travel, bgvipnews.eu, hotpressbg.com, bulgarianews.bg, green-news.bg, Литературен клубПерото“, Екопак.

For the eleventh consecutive year, the best wines in the Balkans were awarded in the prestigious contest The Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC). This year it was held on the historic Greek island Salamina, and a record number of participants took part in the competition – more than 1,000 wines and 280 wineries. At an […]

Three whales of the wine ocean extended a helping hand to winemakers – victims of war

Artémis Domaines & Gérard Basset Foundation & Liquid Icons offer 20 thousand euros and study in prestigious chateaux in France and the United States.


The world is helping Ukraine on all fronts. We have just observed another opportunity that our winemakers can take advantage of: Artémis Domaines (company-owner of the famous Château Latour, Clos de Tart, Domaine d’Eugénie, Château Grillet, Eisele Vineyard) in partnership with Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons announced a new scholarship program for winemakers affected by the war in Ukraine.

Liquid Icons, a wine research company with an educational mission, was founded by two friends, the unique professional Gérard Basset, who was the only one person in the world to have such high titles at once – World Champion Sommelier, OBE, MW and MS. and Lewis Chester DipWSET.

Château Latour

Château Latour

In 2018, The Global Fine Wine Report appeared. But it soon turned out that Gerard had cancer, and after his death in January 2019, the title of this report was changed to The Gérard Basset Global Fine Wine Report. This unique free publication is based on a detailed survey conducted among leading wine professionals around the world: Masters of Wine (MW), Masters Sommelier (MS), sommeliers, wine brokers and traders, and other representatives of the wine industry.

Chateau_Grillet

In January 2021, Lewis decided to focus on charitable activities in the field of winemaking. Together with Gerard’s widow Nina Basset, as well as Ian Harris MBE DipWSET and Jancis Robinson OBE MW, as founding proxies, the Gérard’s Basset Foundation was established to honor the legacy of this extraordinary man. Lewis Chester is currently the Honorary President and Head of Fundraising at the Foundation.

Eisele Vineyard

Eisele Vineyard

Gérard’s Basset Foundation has focused on wine education. The foundation uses its funding for educational programs to increase the diversity and excitement of new players in the wine industry, as this will only make the world of wine better and stronger.

So it is no coincidence that the Gérard Basset Foundation became one of the participants in an international initiative to support winemakers affected by the war in Ukraine.

Clos de Tart

Clos de Tart

The € 20,000 scholarships for each of the five participants will be funded equally by the Artémis Domaines and the Gérard Basset Foundation in partnership with Liquid Icons. Famous, prestigious chateaux Château Latour, Clos de Tart, Domaine d’Eugénie, Château Grillet in France and Eisele Vineyard in the Napa Valley, USA take part in this charity program. The scholarship jury consists of Ian Harris MBE DipWSET, representing the Gérard Basset Foundation, Hélène Génin, Technical Director of Château Latour, and Jean Garandeau of Artémis Domaines.

Registration is open! Applicants can apply online until July 4, 2022.

Domaine d’Eugénie

Domaine d’Eugénie

Frédéric Engerer, CEO of Artémis Domaines, commented: “Everyone who is watching the devastation in Ukraine today can help but sympathize with the people whose lives have been so tragically damaged. That’s why we’re excited to work with the Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons to help our wine colleagues by getting them on their feet and taking advantage of the incredible learning opportunities they will have in the large chateaux we are fortunate enough to own and manage.”

Lewis Chester DipWSET from Liquid Icons and Head of Fundraising at the Gérard Basset Foundation added: “The work we do is committed to helping the winemakers of countries in aggression achieve their dreams in the wine, spirits and hospitality industries through education. Artémis Domaines has an unsurpassed collection of fine wines. These are productions in which anyone who is interested in the wine industry is willing to jump over his head just to work there. We are proud that Artémis Domaines has agreed to work with us to help dedicated winemakers who have been victims of the conflict in their country regain their dignity and their chosen career path.”

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Artémis Domaines & Gérard Basset Foundation & Liquid Icons offer 20 thousand euros and study in prestigious chateaux in France and the United States. The world is helping Ukraine on all fronts. We have just observed another opportunity that our winemakers can take advantage of: Artémis Domaines (company-owner of the famous Château Latour, Clos de […]

London Wine Fair 2022 welcomes the Wines of Ukraine

One of the major events in the wine world opens the doors, hearts and market of Great Britain for Ukrainian winemakers.


This year’s London Wine Fair will take place on June 7-9, right after the platinum jubilee of the Queen’s reign, when the capital is expected to host the loudest celebrations in history.

The London Wine Fair 2022 will also mark its anniversary: the exhibition will be held for the 40-th time! After a two-year quarantine break, all those involved welcome its return to Olympia. In addition, this year, the event will be held in live and digital formats for the first time.

For the first time in the history of LWF and Ukraine, wines of Ukrainian producers will be widely presented at the joint stand of Wines of Ukraine during this large-scale international event. To support Ukraine in times of hardship, the organizers of LWF 2022 initiated the creation of a joint stand, and gave Ukrainian winemakers the opportunity to present their products for free. Organizational efforts and costs were borne by LWF, and, from the Ukrainian side, by Drinks+ Communication Media Group and Ukrsadvinprom LLC. The wines have already been safely delivered to London, and are waiting for the exhibition opening.

Thus, at E30 stand in GRAND HALL (Ground Level) almost fifty names of drinks from Ukraine will be presented. The following companies are going to present their products: 46 Parallel Wine Group, Father’s Wine, Beykush Winery, Shabo Winery, Prince Trubetskoi Winery, Stakhovsky Wines, Honey Badger, Villa Tinta Winery, Biologist, Wineidea, Chateau Chizay, Vinoman Winery, and Akkerman Distillery.

Given that Ukrainian winemakers will not be able to attend the London Wine Fair 2022 due to the martial law, the stand will be presented mainly by British volunteer sommeliers, and  several experts in the field – Sarah Abbot MW from Swirl Wine, Brad Horne, founder of WineTime London and others also agreed to render their assistance in presentation of our wines.

London Wine Fair 2022 opened not only its doors but also its hearts for the Ukrainian winemakers: “We are offering our support to Ukrainian nominees and all others who suffer from this tragic situation”, – the fair’s organizers wrote on their FB page.

London Wine Fair 2022 is a really big and significant event in the world of the wine industry. On the eve of the opening, Hannah Tovey, Director of LWF, said: “To say that we are delighted with the London Wine Fair in 2022 would be a significant understatement. The last two years have become something of a roller coaster, starting with the 2020 cancellation, just two months before a 100% digital show, and then, within a few weeks in 2021. Now, we are looking forward to this year being a real milestone for the 40-th fair. Participants and visitors will see how physical and virtual elements can combine to make a truly groundbreaking event. When talking to our exhibitors, we learn that everyone has a great desire to return to Olympia and normal trade, and we are looking forward to a truly special 40-th London Wine Fair in 2022”.

For the first time in the history of LWF and Ukraine, wines of Ukrainian producers will be widely presented at the joint stand of Wines of Ukraine during this large-scale international event.

They are all going to be winners: London is to host the First Ceremony of Wine Travel Awards

The capital of Great Britain, which will celebrate the 70-th jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II over the first weekend of June, will be followed by another bright event – the 40th (40!) anniversary of the London Wine Fair 2022.


Traditionally, for at least the last decade, Drinks+ Communication Media Group has been the information partner of Britain’s most authoritative wine hub. However, this year Drinks+ has a special format of participation: as part of the London Wine Fair 2022, the First Wine Travel Awards Ceremony (a new project of the Media Group) will take place at 12.30-14.30 on June 8, 2022 in the Industry Briefing Room.

All those wishing to register should follow the link.

During the ceremony, the organizers of the Wine Travel Awards will reward winners with diplomas, trophies and gift certificates from the award sponsors. However, it should be emphasized that there will be no losers at the Wine Travel Awards. And this is the main feature of the project: ranks and prizes are the cherries on the cake. And the “main dish” of the project is a large-scale advertising campaign for each nominee that lasts throughout the year and includes both digital resources and offline activities such as participation in the world’s largest exhibitions. To date, the nominees have already been presented in a number of events: in Ukraine, Italy, Hungary, as well as in large-scale exhibitions – such as ProWein (5700 exhibitors + 38,000 visitors from 145 countries) and Vinitaly (4400 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors from 139 countries). Now, it is the London Wine Fair. And then – BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION-2022 (Athens) and the premiere of Bordeaux Wine Week. Taking into account the audiences, including online ones, to which information about the nominees of the Wine Travel Awards was provided, the awareness of this project has reached as of today the figure of almost half a million of wine and tourism operators.

In all these events, the Wine Travel Awards are presented in up-to-date and diverse formats: with print advertising, electronic catalogs, tastings, and presentations. In particular, as part of the First Wine Travel Awards Ceremony in London, tasting of wines from the below nominees and sponsors will be held:

  • F.W. Langguth Erben (Germany)
  • Prince Trubetskoi Winery (Ukraine)
  • Shumi Winery (Georgia)
  • Shabo Winery (Ukraine)
  • Castel Mimi (Moldova)
  • Beykush Winery  (Ukraine)
  • Chateau Mukhrani (Georgia)
  • 46 Parallel Wine Group (Ukraine)
  • Father’s Wine (Ukraine)
  • “Armenia Wine” Factory LLC (Armenia)
  • Stakhovsky Wines (Ukraine)
  • Honey Badger (Ukraine)

The walk-around wine tasting will be accompanied by a buffet presentation of Ukrainian cuisine by the famous domestic chef, gastronomist and TV presenter Yuri Kovryzhenko. Yuri is a member of DisciplesEscoffier International and winner of the Global Chef Awards 2017, Ambassador of Taste for Global Gastronomy2021, 2022; Best of Gastronomy 2021 gold medal.

We would like to emphasize that the London Wine Fair 2022 will also host Drinks+ stand (C66 at GRAND HALL, Ground Level), where three days long you will be able to taste wines by the Wine Travel Awards nominees from around the world: Shumi Winery, Chateau Mukhrani, Castel Mimi, F.W. Langguth Erben, “Armenia Wine” Factory LLC. And wines produced by the nominees for the award from Ukraine will be available for tasting at the Wines of Ukraine stand organized at the initiative of the London Wine Fair in cooperation with Drinks+ and Ukrsadvinprom LLC, during all three days of the exhibition.

We are waiting for you at the First Wine Travel Awards Ceremony and at stands C66 and E30!

The capital of Great Britain, which will celebrate the 70-th jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II over the first weekend of June, will be followed by another bright event – the 40th (40!) anniversary of the London Wine Fair 2022.

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