THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION 5- 9the June 2019 is a first of its kind. It celebrates the millennial wine-making tradition of the Balkan Peninsula as expressed in its modern Balkan wines – daily savored 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 flavors that this interesting region has to offer. The competition is open to wine producers from all Balkan countries, from the Black sea region and from all over the world.
- The BALKANS can be proud of the most ancient wine history in the world
- With nearly 1.8 million tons wine production per year, the BALKANS ranks 5th in the world, right after the largest wine-producing countries – Italy, France, Spain, and the USA
- For the last decade, the BALKANS made enormous progress in the quality of its wines and can stake its claims as a key player on the world wine map
- THE BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION is a venue for world wine experts, Masters of Wine, wine merchants, and wine journalists and bloggers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, India, the Scandinavian countries, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others.
THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY WINEMAKING
Blossomed in the very heart of the Rose Valley, our Château Copsa draws its knowledge and inspiration from the lands of the ancient Thracians, famous for their excellent wine. They believed in its divine origin and would celebrate the power of the elixir with mystical rituals and wild feasts in honor of god Dionysus. Meanwhile, they turned into one of the best winemakers in Europe and their inheritance has been preserved through the centuries until today.
CHATEAU COPSA IS A FAMILY WINERY AND ESTATE RUN BY THE THIRD generation of the family Minkov. Château Copsa owns 60 hectares of vineyards, located in the very heart of the Rose Valley. This wine microregion tucked away between the southern slope of the Balkan Mountains and Sredna Gora, is extremely suitable for cultivating high-quality white grape varieties. The unsurpassed fragrance of the rose and lavender fields, the constant movement of air masses, the mild climate due to the two mountains surrounding the valley, all this contribute to the unique terroir of the region.
It was a great honor for Chateau Copsa to host a wine tasting dinner at restaurant La Cave on the 6th of June for the jury of the BIWCF.
Masters of Wine, wine merchants, and wine journalists and bloggers from the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, India, the Scandinavian countries, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, were among our guests.
Three great masters of Wine – Count John Salvi, Beverly Tabbron, and Rod Smith were our specials guest at the event.
Indigenous Grape Variety – Red Misket
Despite its name, Red Misket is a white grape. This is a unique only for Bulgaria variety and finds its best expression at the foothills of Balkan mountain, in the heart of the Valley of Roses.
AXL Rose Valley Misket
Limited Edition Wine of Chateau Copsa
Our winemakers undertook the challenge to create a wine from Misket grape that will show the very best characteristics of that indigenous Bulgarian variety.
The selection started at the vineyard – a certain plot was selected, a special method of pruning was applied, as well as leaves removal and green harvest of the grape in order to achieve a higher quality of fruit with exceptional characteristics.