The very first international competition dedicated to Vranec revealed its results this Monday, December 11th. International judges present for the occasion unanimously agree that the creation of this new competition is a real success, with the Vranec grape confirming the potential and unique character of Balkan wines. North Macedonia is the most represented country in terms of medals, while a wine from Montenegro wins the international revelation among the 94 participating wines.

Following blind tastings conducted by a selection of international judges, the Stari Podrum Vranac 2015 from 13.jul-Plantaže, originating from Montenegro, was voted the best wine of Vranec Selection by CMB 2023, thanks to its exceptionally harmonious and complex taste. This great wine is characterized by intense aromas of black fruits, cherry, and mint, well-balanced with spicy notes that give it elegance, complexity, and freshness.

The other revelations:

Croatia: Grabovac Vranac Riserva 2016 from Vinarija Grabovac
North Macedonia: Constellation Vranec 2020 from Imako Vino
Serbia: Vranac Potrkanjski 2019 from Vinarija Jovic
International Blend Revelation: Kamnik Cuvée de Prestige 2020 from Château Kamnik

For Kosovo, the Bucina Superiore 2021 stood out with a Silver Medal.

All revelations and results are available at

Photos of Vranec Selection by CMB 2023 are available here

About CMB
The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is an international competition where over 10,000 wines are entered by producers to be judged by a panel of experts. Our experienced judges taste the wines in the competition with one guiding principle, and that is to single out wines of irreproachable quality, with no bias stemming from the label or an appellation’s prestige. The Concours is one of the most significant international events of its kind.