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Foreign Wines Outnumbered Bulgarian Ones on Vinaria 2014 Competition

By Michail Vanchev   
11 March 2014 | National wine tastings, preceding Bulgaria’s biggest wine fair, Vinaria 2014, started today with a surprise: foreign wines exceeded in number Bulgarian ones first time in history of the competition.

51 wine producers brought in 400 different labels for evaluation by the international jury, composed by eight Bulgarian and 13 foreign wine experts - representatives of Poland, South Korea, Czech Republic, USA, Italy, Israel, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Switzerland and Germany.

One of the circulating explanations today went that while foreign wineries seek to position themselves on the local market by obtaining good points at the tasting, Bulgarian wine producers have gradually lost trust in Vinaria tasters’ evaluation. The fair has indeed lost credibility and size in the last years, even if Bulgaria’s wine industry is on the rise. Some weeks ago the National Wine and Vine Chamber, which is the main professional organization in the business, has changed its chairmanship. But its new, ambitious chairman Radoslav Radev had little time to influence this year’s fair.

Bulgaria’s NWVC has some 260 members. During the last vintage, which was estimated as excellent, were harvested 230 million kg grapes. The volume of wine, coming from them, should be roughly 70% of their quantity, Radev said on a press conference in Plovdiv, i.e, 160 mln l of wine.

Bulgaria actively renews its vineyards, currently nearly half of them are 25 years or older, the NWVC chairman said.

The tasting results will be announced on 2 April, and a tasting of the awarded wines will take place on 3 April. A list of the awarded wines will be announced, but not the points they received. “Those we should be able to post on our website within three days after the tastings, which was never done before,” Radev said.



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