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Peter Sisseck Named Winemakers’ Winemaker at ProWein 2011

Peter Sisseck has been named as the first recipient of the Winemakers’ Winemaker Award, presented by the Institute of Masters of Wine in conjunction with trade publication The Drinks Business.

The announcement was made at a reception during ProWein in Düsseldorf, Germany, where Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute, presented Sisseck with the award.

The award recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking. Nominations were sought from winemakers across the globe, including Masters of Wine and other senior figures from the wine community.

The Danish-born and Bordeaux-trained oenologist established Dominio de Pingus in Spain’s Ribera del Duero with its first vintage in 1995, achieving almost instant acclaim. Today, it is one of the world’s iconic wines.

Speaking before an invited audience of more than 200 wine professionals at ProWein, Lynne Sherriff MW, who is herself a trained oenologist, said: “I am delighted to present Peter with the inaugural Winemakers’ Winemaker Award. His achievements speak for themselves and he is very highly regarded by his peers across the world. As such, he is an extraordinarily worthy first recipient of this award and a great ambassador for winemaking.”

On accepting the award, Peter Sisseck said: “I am honoured to be given this award. It is a very proud moment for me. We are all about making great wine and it is a great privilege to receive it.”

The Institute and The Drinks Business intend to present the award annually during ProWein, one of the world’s most significant wine trade events.

2011 Champagne Trinity Scholarship Winner Announced

A New Zealand-based student in the Institute of Masters of Wine education programme is the recipient of the prestigious Champagne Trinity Scholarship for 2011.

Katy Prescott, from Marlborough, has been awarded the scholarship for her essay discussing the challenges and benefits of sustainable viticulture within the Champagne appellation.

The Institute, with the support of the Champagne houses of Bollinger, Louis Roederer and Pol Roger, offers the scholarship annually to a first-year student participating in its international education programme. It consists of two consecutive trips to the Champagne region, one during vintage and another during the blending of the vins clairs in the spring. It provides a unique opportunity for a student to gain an insight into Champagne through visits to the three renowned, family-owned houses.

Katy entered the wine industry in 2004 deciding that wine was a far more exciting product than the petroleum derivatives she was previously marketing at BP. After a couple of years working in sales at E & J Gallo she was named sales person of the year. Katy then moved to Marlborough, New Zealand, and gained a position as global sales and marketing manager for Nautilus Estate. In 2009, Katy completed her WSET Diploma, winning the Wine Australia Scholarship. This success inspired her to embark upon the Institute’s education programme.

James Samson, UK Brand Manager for Champagne Louis Roederer said: “Congratulations to Katy. Her scholarship is well deserved as her submission showed really good research. It was thorough, original and contained good punchy ideas. We look forward to welcoming her to Champagne where she will have an unparalleled opportunity to explore in great depth the intricacies of Champagne.”

Katy Prescott said: “Champagne is a particular passion of mine and I am therefore exhilarated by the chance to learn firsthand about some of the top Champagne houses.”

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute, said: “We are very grateful to Bollinger, Louis Roederer and Pol Roger for their continuing support. Once again these family-owned houses are providing someone who aspires to be a Master of Wine with a wonderful opportunity to see at first hand what goes into the production of great Champagne.”