Sixth Edition of the Balkan International Wine Competition & Festival (BIWC) 2017 starts with a very strong program


The 6th edition of the Balkan International Wine Competition & Festival 2017 starts with a very intense program. The event will take place in Grand Hotel Sofia from 1 – 4 June. Four Masters of Wine and many other international wine specialists will be in Sofia to evaluate the Balkan wines. Balkan Wines are fast gaining prominence and market share in the West European markets. Events like BIWC will bring focus on wine production in the Balkans.

Those who want to know more about wine for their own enjoyment or simply to impress their partner next time they order wine at a restaurant, can take advantage of special series of lectures and master classes, conducted by world-renowned experts and members of the international jury!

The festival will open its doors a 12 o’clock on 3rd of June in the garden of Grand Hotel Sofia.
BIWC Festival 2017 will offer a real Balkan Wine Fiesta with more than 500 top wines to try, Balkan gourmet and an entertaining and joyful program alongside the festival.

Here are some of the titles of the Master Classes and the lectures:
The mystery of TAMIANKA – the Balkan white treasure will be held by Rod Smith MW. Some of the best wines made from very aromatic Tamianka grape will be tasted.
In the name of XINOMAVRO by Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, BIWC chairman will bring you in Greece in some of the most spectacular wine scenes. This top quality wine grape is making is triumph on the international markets and brings glory to the Greek wines.
The very best of the BALKANS, some personal favourites with Caroline Gilby MW will be the Master Class of Caroline Gilby MW, one of the most important specialist as far as the Balkan wine is concerned.
Master class Simply …THE BEST of Romanian wines will be held by Horia Hasnas and will show to all the winelovers the beauty of Romanian wines.
And last but not least the very interesting program will finish with 2 master classes for Bulgarian wines – The local BULGARIAN varieties seen by Vili Galabova and Searching the Bulgarian wine identity by Marin Atanasov.
Two lectures for the wine lovers and one for the wine professionals will be held during the Festival.

Tickets for the Festival and all the other events during the BIWC can be purchased from

On the second day of the Festival (4th of June 2017) at 17 o’clock the winner of the tombola from BIWC- a wine weekend for two in Uva Nestum Wine & Spa & Greece – will be announced! Anyone who has bought a ticket for the Festival can participate in the tombola.

Don’t miss the Blakan Wine Festa on 3-4 June in Sofia ! You will be amazed!

Austrian Tribune will be reporting more about BIWC 2017 and the events at the festival. While Greece and Bulgaria are maintaining leadership in high quality wines in the Balkan region, Serbia and Romania are not far behind. South-East European region’s wines and indigenous grape varieties are setting a new trend in the quality wine segment.

For more information:
Neli Ruseva, Manager Communications BIWC 2017
E-mail [email protected], phone +359 886 555 865

Galina Niforou, Wine MBA, Director of BIWC
E-mail: [email protected], phone: +359 885 731 331