Guilty Pleasure Blog The Balkans International Wine Competition Festival 2014

Balkan Wine Festival 2014, 7 – 8 June, Grand Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria

by stasa cafuta trcek (text and photo)

Good Wine News from Balkans

When I heard about The Balkans International Wine Competition and Wine Festival 3 years ago, I was extremely happy. This region has rich wine making heritage and It celebrates the millennial wine-making tradition. It was a time when it expressed in that kind of event its modern Balkan wines – daily savoured and loved by locals and more and more preferred by the wine lovers worldwide. “Dedicated exclusively to regional wines, this annual competition - to take place at the heart of the Balkans, in Sofia, Bulgaria - aspires to draw the attention of the global wine community to the unique range of flavours that this interesting region has to offer,” explaining Bistra Karadimova, BIWC Event Manager. The competition is open to wine producers from all Balkan countries – this year 90 wineries for the competition - 400 wines. The Balkan wine festival that is open for wine lovers.

I was in Sofia for opening photo exhibition SELFIEka within the Month of photography in which I participate. When I saw that the festival is going on at the same dates, I went immediately to taste wines from the 45 wineries from the region. I tasted wines with some special varieties of vine. Labels are modern, wine representatives spoke fluently English. They know what they are doing. If you are truly wine lover I do recommend you to go to this event, because it is enjoyable to taste the wine in its environment of origin.


    • Viognier & Traminer 2013, (BIO), 13%, dry, Edorado Miroglio, Thracian Valley, Bulgaria (clean smell and taste)

    • Salla red 2013 (Cabernet Franc & Pinot Noir), 13.5%, dry, Salla Estate, Bulgaria (varietal perception)

    • Istranca Chamlija 2012 (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec), 15%, Chamlija Wines, Turkey

On the festival there were 3 Slovenian wine producers: Verus, Trošt and Tilia (their importer in Bulgaria)

M - Simply Good Wines got silver medal for Sau.wi(G)nnon 2013 and for RockNRoll (Riesling) 2013 bronze medal.