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Sommelier No. 1 in Bulgaria awarded Villa Yambol with a golden medal at the Vino Balkanika 2012 Competition

12.04.2012

The best oenologists оn the Balkan Peninsula have assembled once again to select and award the wines of participating wineries from Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo and Macedonia. They came to our country by invitation of the Association of Bulgarian Oenologists (ABO) for the second edition of the contest for wines from local grape varieties Vino Balkanika. This year, among the experts in the jury were Assoc. Prof. Hristo Spasov from the University of Food Technologies in Plovdiv and Georgi Mihov, bearer of the recognition “Oenologist of Bulgaria” for 2011. They, as well as other leading experts from the Balkan region evaluated the wines on a 100-point scale, and the rules for conducting the tastings were implemented in accordance with the international regulations of the OIV.

This year, the Golden medal within the pure-variety wines category of Vino Balkanika 2012 went to Villa Yambol Mavrud 2010 by one of the oldest wine producers in the country, Vinprom Yambol. The company's vineyards are located within the region of Southern Bulgaria, known for its fertility and beneficial climate, where the grape can ripen evenly, juicy and sweet. Villa Yambol has an almost 100-year long history and its wines have been winning awards in contests in France, the United Kingdom, Germany USA, Belguim and many more.

Within three days, the jury conducted blind tastings of the wines, each wine being evaluated by a number of criteria. Apart from the clarity, colour, flavour and taste each on its own, the experts also evaluated according to the harmony among all these components, which actually makes the wine distinguishable and can set it apart from all others. A more interesting thing to note is that, according to the experts, the wines can have different nuances, varying from sweet pepper to cinnamon and etc., yet they cannot be easily detected by the consumers.

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