Constellation Brands, Inc. became a Major Supporter of the Institute in November 2014.
Constellation Brands is a leading international producer and marketer of wine, spirits and beer, with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Some of the company’s iconic brands include Robert Mondavi, Kim Crawford, Ruffino, Franciscan Estate, Inniskillin, Corona and SVEDKA.
Constellation Brands has supported the MW Study Programme in the U.S. for a number of years, and provides the venue for the MW Examination in San Francisco. They also sponsor the gala dinner during the annual North America seminar, as well as providing financial support to the Institute.
The Robert Mondavi winery award, for the best overall result in the Theory part of the Master of Wine Examination, is sponsored and presented by Constellation Brands. It was first awarded in 1997, and previous recipients have included Washington State winemaker Bob Betz MW, wine journalist Tim Atkin MW, and current Institute Chairman Sarah Jane Evans MW. Robert Mondavi, the legendary Californian winemaker, became an Honorary Master of Wine in 1993 – one of only four people to achieve the honour – and was presented with the Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.