Madame Bollinger Foundation
The Madame Bollinger Foundation has been a Major Supporter of the Institute for more than 25 years, and became a Principal Supporter in May 2014.
Champagne Bollinger, founded in 1829, introduced the world to an instantly recognisable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe continue to covet. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained the trademark style of their namesake Champagne and it is one of a few remaining Grande Marque houses owned, controlled and managed by the same family since it was founded.
With 163 hectares of vineyards situated in the very best grand and premier cru sites, Bollinger relies on its own estate for more than two thirds of its total grape requirements. Pinot Noir makes up the backbone of the blend, imparting a distinctive breadth and structure. Bollinger is one of a few select houses that is able to control the quality of its grape supply so totally.
The Madame Bollinger Foundation is based in London and has presented an annual medal since 1988 to a new Master of Wine for an outstanding performance in the Practical (tasting) papers of the Masters of Wine Examination.
Bollinger is also a regular contributor to Institute tastings and course days as well as sponsoring a number of the Institute's annual receptions and prestigious events.