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Baroness Philippine de Rothschild receives Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Masters of Wine and international trade publication The Drinks Business.

The award, which recognises a life-long commitment to wine excellence, has previously been presented to Robert Mondavi (2005), Marchese Piero Antinori (2007), and Jean-Michel Cazes (2011).

The citation on the certificate reads:

“Nominated by a panel of prominent wine industry professionals and members of the Institute of Masters of Wine, this award recognises an outstanding and inspirational figure in the world of wine whose enduring contribution spans a whole career.”

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild is Chairman of the Supervisory Board and majority shareholder of the family company, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, and as such sits at the head of a global company selling over 22 million bottles of wine a year. With her children, she is also the owner of three great Châteaux at Pauillac in the Médoc: Château Mouton Rothschild, Premier Cru Classé, Château d’Armailhac and Château Clerc Milon.

Since the death of her father, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, in 1988 she has modernised the facilities of the family company and extended its product range to include a Mouton Rothschild second wine, Le Petit Mouton, and a premium white wine, Aile d’Argent. She has also successfully established Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA in several major winegrowing regions in France and abroad, notably in California and in Chile.

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild is a well-known figure in the wine world, and has been honoured by her native France as an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur as well as an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.

The award was presented at a ceremony at VinExpo, Bordeaux, on Tuesday. Patrick Schmitt, editor of the Drinks Business, introduced the award prior to the presentation by Jean-Michel Valette MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine.

As the Baroness was unable to attend due to illness, the award was accepted on her behalf by her husband Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais and her younger son Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild.

In his remarks, Jean-Michel Valette MW said: “Through her steadfast devotion to quality and the long term health of a very diverse set of wineries, Baroness de Rothschild has succeeded where few have. Supervising the growth of a substantial business while maintaining the highest levels of image and prestige across multiple geographies is a rare and commendable achievement. We are honoured to recognize her lifetime of work.’

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild had earlier provided a statement, which said:

“I am particularly happy to receive this wonderful award from the MW organization, which I treasure so much, and which graces my dear Mouton. A great wine is a ‘work of art’, as my father Baron Philippe used to say, and I am proud that Mouton carries on this most demanding tradition in the bottle, on the bottle, and at the place where it is made.”

Ends (18 June 2013)

Master of Wine Symposium comes to Italy for the first time

The Institute of Masters of Wine officially launched their 2014 Symposium in Rome today at a press conference in conjunction with the event’s principal sponsor, Istituto Grandi Marchi.

From 15 to 18 May 2014, delegates from all over the world will gather in Florence for the Institute of Masters of Wine’s 8th Symposium, entitled “Identity, Innovation, Imagination”.

The Symposium will bring together the leading decision makers and opinion formers from the global wine community for three unforgettable days in the heart of Florence. Attendees representing all aspects of the wine industry will participate in a series of panel discussions, debates, and tastings with leading figures from the world of wine. They will also attend a succession of gala lunches and dinners in historic venues and wineries both in the city itself and in the Tuscan countryside.

Lynne Sherriff MW, principal organiser of the Symposium, said:

“We are delighted to be bringing the Symposium to Italy for the first time, and in particular to the glorious city of Florence, which is surrounded by some of the world’s most wonderful wine country. Our programme is being designed to ensure that delegates are able to hear, meet, and debate with some of the most notable names in the worldwide wine trade, whilst also enjoying excellent wine and food in a region famed for its beauty, history, and artistic heritage.”

Confirmed speakers include some of the world’s biggest names in winemaking, wine journalism, and wine education. The Symposium will also host renowned figures from global corporations covering a wide portfolio including entertainment, technology, and luxury brands.

Marchese Piero Antinori, President of the Istituto Grandi Marchi, who will be speaking at the Symposium, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Institute of Masters of Wine’s major international event to Italy for the first time. This is the culmination of the partnership between our two organisations, which has been such a success and a source of pride to us both. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to show the best of Italy and the Italian wine industry to such an important international audience.”

The Istituto Grandi Marchi, which has been an IMW supporter since 2009, is an organisation that unites 19 families and brands that characterise the Italian wine-making tradition.