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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 414 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means entering a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities, as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields; MWs are winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

Bottlebooks becomes a supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

Bottlebooks becomes a supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is thrilled to announce that Bottlebooks, based in Munich, Germany, has joined its international supporter community. Bottlebooks’ cutting-edge wine data management technology will be used to provide producer-entered product...

MW study programme wines 2021-2022

MW study programme wines 2021-2022

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) would like to thank all those who generously supplied wines to the 2021-22 MW study programme. The wines were shown throughout the academic year at residential seminars in Adelaide (Australia), Berkshire (UK), Napa (USA),...

Five stage one students share IWSC Foundation scholarship

Five stage one students share IWSC Foundation scholarship

IWSC Foundation, part of the IMW’s international supporter community, has awarded five scholarships worth £5000 each to MW study programme students. The prize fund of £25,000 is shared by Ana Gallegos, Xinhao Hu, Arpine Manukyan, Agnese Meiersone and Karene Vilela....

Stage two students awarded IWSC Foundation scholarship

Stage two students awarded IWSC Foundation scholarship

After awarding five stage one students, the IWSC Foundation has further granted 5 stage two students a scholarship of £5,000 each. The scholarships were given to Amanda Barnes, Marina Olwen Fogarty, Evmorfia Kostaki, Dimitris Motsos and Andrew Shelly. Christelle...

Andrew Corrigan MW dreaming with the Claret Jug

Andrew Corrigan MW dreaming with the Claret Jug

What was going through Andrew’s mind? He is holding the best sporting trophy in the world that has a relationship to wine – the famous Claret Jug award to the winner of the British Open Golf. In 2022 it was won by Australian Cameron Smith, a member of Royal Queensland...

Andrea Pritzker MW awarded Dux of Len Evans Tutorial 2022

Andrea Pritzker MW awarded Dux of Len Evans Tutorial 2022

Andrea Pritzker MW, was announced as the recipient of the Basil Sellers Prize for Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial 2022 (LET) in the Hunter Valley on November 4th. Founded in 2001 by the late Len Evans AO OBE, the goal of the LET is to equip scholars with the tools and...

GuildSomm Expert Guide on Loire Valley

GuildSomm Expert Guide on Loire Valley

Rebecca Gibb MW and Beverley Blanning MW have written the GuildSomm Expert Guide to the Loire Valley, published in November. This 25,000-word guide provides a comprehensive look at the region, from the mountain wines of the Auvergne to the coastal appellations of the...

Wine Puzzles from PuzzleCru by Rebecca Gibb MW

Wine Puzzles from PuzzleCru by Rebecca Gibb MW

Rebecca Gibb MW has relaunched her bespoke collection of wine puzzles with her brand PuzzleCru, published by Ginger Fox. Her 'Wines of' line now includes maps of France, Italy and Spain in 1000 pieces, as well as a 'Whiskies of Scotland' box in 500 pieces. The puzzles...

Latest News

Bottlebooks becomes a supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

Bottlebooks becomes a supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is thrilled to announce that Bottlebooks, based in Munich, Germany, has joined its international supporter community. Bottlebooks’ cutting-edge wine data management technology will be used to provide producer-entered product...

MW study programme wines 2021-2022

MW study programme wines 2021-2022

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) would like to thank all those who generously supplied wines to the 2021-22 MW study programme. The wines were shown throughout the academic year at residential seminars in Adelaide (Australia), Berkshire (UK), Napa (USA),...

Stage two students awarded IWSC Foundation scholarship

Stage two students awarded IWSC Foundation scholarship

After awarding five stage one students, the IWSC Foundation has further granted 5 stage two students a scholarship of £5,000 each. The scholarships were given to Amanda Barnes, Marina Olwen Fogarty, Evmorfia Kostaki, Dimitris Motsos and Andrew Shelly. Christelle...

Five stage one students share IWSC Foundation scholarship

Five stage one students share IWSC Foundation scholarship

IWSC Foundation, part of the IMW’s international supporter community, has awarded five scholarships worth £5000 each to MW study programme students. The prize fund of £25,000 is shared by Ana Gallegos, Xinhao Hu, Arpine Manukyan, Agnese Meiersone and Karene Vilela....

Features

Andrew Corrigan MW dreaming with the Claret Jug

Andrew Corrigan MW dreaming with the Claret Jug

What was going through Andrew’s mind? He is holding the best sporting trophy in the world that has a relationship to wine – the famous Claret Jug award to the winner of the British Open Golf. In 2022 it was won by Australian Cameron Smith, a member of Royal Queensland...

GuildSomm Expert Guide on Loire Valley

GuildSomm Expert Guide on Loire Valley

Rebecca Gibb MW and Beverley Blanning MW have written the GuildSomm Expert Guide to the Loire Valley, published in November. This 25,000-word guide provides a comprehensive look at the region, from the mountain wines of the Auvergne to the coastal appellations of the...

Andrea Pritzker MW awarded Dux of Len Evans Tutorial 2022

Andrea Pritzker MW awarded Dux of Len Evans Tutorial 2022

Andrea Pritzker MW, was announced as the recipient of the Basil Sellers Prize for Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial 2022 (LET) in the Hunter Valley on November 4th. Founded in 2001 by the late Len Evans AO OBE, the goal of the LET is to equip scholars with the tools and...

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