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International Wine Contest “Black Sea Wines” will be traditionally held on the sidelines of the Forum. The producers of the wines, brandies and spirituous beverages of vitivinicultural origin will compete for the awards in accordance with the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) standards.

The “Black Sea Wines” Contest supports the principle of the regional representation priority. The judges for the Contest are traditionally invited from the Black Sea Region and Balkans. The Jury of the Contest consists of the leading experts from the countries of the region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and others. Chairman of the Jury is Stanimir Stoyanov (Chairman of the Union of Bulgarian Enologists).

The judges for the Contest have an extensive international experience in judging of the world and regional most known wine contests such as International Wine and Spirit Competition, Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Mundus Vini, Muvina, Chisinau Wines and Spirits Сontest, Georgia International Wine Award, Vinagora, International Wine Contest Bucharest, Vinaria, Vino Balkanika, Bacchus, Grands Сoncours du Monde, Vinandino, Tempranillos al Mundo, National Cyprus Wine Competition, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Spirits Selection, Oenoforum and others.

The Contest is an independent platform cooperating with plenty of media recourses in the region targeting both the professional and the consumer audiences. The results of the Contest are widely publicized in the countries of the region and they are particularly important for the wine sales in the Russian speaking consumer markets (300 million people). These consumer audiences are in general cannot follow in English the results of other wine contests and ratings.

The International Wine Contest “Black Sea Wines 2019” will be held in the following 11 categories (in accordance with the OIV standards on the resolution 332A/2009):

1) Still White Wines, The Vintage 2017 or Younger

2) Still White Wines, The Vintage 2016 or Older

3) Still Red Wines, The Vintage 2017 or Younger

4) Still Red Wines, The Vintage 2016 or Older

5) Rosé Wines

6) Sparkling Wines (White, Rosé, Red), Classical Method

7) Sparkling Wines (White, Rosé, Red), Reservoir Method

8) Naturally Sweet and Naturally Semi-Sweet Wines (White, Rosé, Red)

9) Liqueur (Fortified) Wines (White, Rosé, Red): Port Wine, Jerez, Madera, Malaga, Marsala, Kagor, and others

10) Spirituous Beverages of Vitivinicultural Origin (aged less than 6 years): Brandy, Divin, Metaxa, Cognac, Rakia, Chacha, Palinka, Grappa and others

11) Spirituous Beverages of Vitivinicultural Origin (aged at least 6 years): Brandy, Divin, Metaxa, Cognac, Rakia, Chacha, Palinka, Grappa and others

The Contest will be based on the blind tasting procedure according to the OIV standards. The Jury will use the 100 point evaluation system. According to the OIV standards only 30% of the wines or spiritual beverages in each category will be awarded.

The medals will be awarded also in the three special nominations:

The Breakthrough of the Year – this special nomination award is presented to the company (founded no more than 10 years ago), which takes part in the Black Sea Wines contest for the first time;

The Choice of Customers – this special nomination award is presented to the company according to the following formula: total score of the three best wines of the company, submitted to the Black Sea Wines contest, multiplied by the number of liters of these wines sold and divided by the sum of the EW prices of these wines;

The Best Wine from the Autochthonous Variety – this special nomination award is presented to wine from the autochthonous variety, which received the highest score among the samples submitted to the competition.

Award level categories (in accordance with the standards of the OIV):
Grand gold medal: at least 92 points;
Gold medal: 85 - 91,99 points;
Silver medal: 82 - 84,99 points;
Bronze medal: 80 - 81,99 points.

Participation in the “Black Sea Wines 2019” Contest is free for the VI Black Sea Winemaking Forum participants.

The companies which do not take part in the Forum can submit the samples for the Contest in absentia paying the following fees for the samples, the prices can be received from the organizers (e-mail: blackseawinemaking@gmail.com).

The product samples (each sample in the volume not less than 3 bottles for 0,75L or equivalent for wines, 2 bottles for 0,5L or equivalent for brandies and other spirituous beverages of vitivinicultural origin) have to be submitted until 25 June 2019 upon registration to the Black Sea Winemaking Forum representatives in Sochi city.

The samples sent have to be accompanied by an analysis certificate drawn up by an accredited laboratory or by other competent laboratory in conformity with the laws of the country or certified by an oenologist or employee with a similar position in charge of the winery. The most minimal list of the specifications to be provided is indicated in the OIV Standards (Annex II, p.14).

The samples must be destined for sale and must be from a homogeneous batch of at least 1000 litеrs. On an exceptional basis, a reduced volume, of at least 100 liters, may be admitted upon justification of a particularly low production. All the samples must be presented with labels and commercial presentation. If the product was packaged specifically for the competition, the sample shall be accompanied by explanatory documents justifying the status.

The Jury of the Contest will be working on 2-4 July 2019 in Sochi city. Awards Ceremony will take place on 7 July 2019 during the official closing ceremony of the VI Black Sea Winemaking Forum.