International Competition of Wine, Rakia and Wine Brandy
The first International Competition of Wine, Rakia and Wine Brandy was held in Sofia in 1962, followed by the editions in 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 that took place in Slanchev Bryag (Sunny Beach), all of them under the O.I.V. (International Organization of Vine and Wine) patronage, i.e. in compliance with the standards and rules of the most renowned international wine and spirits competitions.
The National Vine and Wine Chamber have renewed that tradition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of VINARIA. Entrants in the competition are producers from Bulgaria, France, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova.
253 wine samples, 54 samples of rakia and 8 brandy samples, or a total of 315 samples entered the tasting, the foreign producers accounting for 5% of them.
"The quality is very high this year", commented Professor Plamen Mollov, Chairman of the National Vine and Wine Chamber. "Almost half of the presented samples received scores of over 85 points, i.e. they deserve a gold medal, which is indicative of the exceptional level of the Bulgarian wines", concluded Professor Mollov.