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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 419 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

Jean-Louis Chave announced as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker

Jean-Louis Chave announced as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker

Jean-Louis Chave has been honoured as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker, at a ceremony during ProWein today (16 May 2022). Given by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business since 2011, the award recognises outstanding achievement in winemaking. Masters of...

The IMW welcomes 17 new Masters of Wine to the membership

The IMW welcomes 17 new Masters of Wine to the membership

Seventeen Masters of Wine were inducted to the Institute of Masters of Wine at an awards ceremony tonight (23 March 2022) in London. The new members became Masters of Wine in 2020 and 2021. The ceremony welcomed new MWs to the IMW and recognised individual excellence...

Sophie Parker-Thomson MW wins the Quinta Do Noval Award

Sophie Parker-Thomson MW wins the Quinta Do Noval Award

New Zealander Sophie Parker-Thomson MW has won the prestigious Quinta do Noval Award 2021, announced at this week's IMW ceremony in the historic Vintners Hall, London. The prize is given to the best research paper (RP) by a new MW and judged by Christian Seely,...

MW student Jake Skakun awarded the Feudi di San Gregorio scholarship

MW student Jake Skakun awarded the Feudi di San Gregorio scholarship

Master of Wine student Jake Skakun has been selected for the inaugural Feudi di San Gregorio scholarship. Jake is a stage two student in the programme and receives £1,500 to be used toward his MW studies. For over 30 years, Feudi di San Gregorio winery has focused on...

IMW major supporter Wine Australia launches Great Southern module

IMW major supporter Wine Australia launches Great Southern module

IMW major supporter Wine Australia has launched its Great Southern module on Australian Wine Discovered. Users can access free information, education tools and resources on Australia’s largest wine region in the new module, as well as explore the region’s history,...

And Then the Rain Came by Edward Ragg MW

And Then the Rain Came by Edward Ragg MW

Edward Ragg MW has just launched his fourth collection of poetry And Then the Rain Came (Cinnamon Press, 2022), which was presented to an international audience via Zoom on 24 April. Set against the backdrops of the global pandemic and climate crisis, each poem...

Latest News

Jean-Louis Chave announced as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker

Jean-Louis Chave announced as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker

Jean-Louis Chave has been honoured as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker, at a ceremony during ProWein today (16 May 2022). Given by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business since 2011, the award recognises outstanding achievement in winemaking. Masters of...

Sophie Parker-Thomson MW wins the Quinta Do Noval Award

Sophie Parker-Thomson MW wins the Quinta Do Noval Award

New Zealander Sophie Parker-Thomson MW has won the prestigious Quinta do Noval Award 2021, announced at this week's IMW ceremony in the historic Vintners Hall, London. The prize is given to the best research paper (RP) by a new MW and judged by Christian Seely,...

The IMW welcomes 17 new Masters of Wine to the membership

The IMW welcomes 17 new Masters of Wine to the membership

Seventeen Masters of Wine were inducted to the Institute of Masters of Wine at an awards ceremony tonight (23 March 2022) in London. The new members became Masters of Wine in 2020 and 2021. The ceremony welcomed new MWs to the IMW and recognised individual excellence...

Features

Martin Reyes MW’s Napa THRIVES symposium announced

Martin Reyes MW’s Napa THRIVES symposium announced

Napa THRIVES, a symposium co-founded by Martin Reyes MW, has been announced to take place in the Napa Valley in June. The symposium will welcome over 65 industry leaders and expert speakers between 7 and 23 June and will tackle the six pillars of sustainable...

IMW major supporter Wine Australia launches Great Southern module

IMW major supporter Wine Australia launches Great Southern module

IMW major supporter Wine Australia has launched its Great Southern module on Australian Wine Discovered. Users can access free information, education tools and resources on Australia’s largest wine region in the new module, as well as explore the region’s history,...

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