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Symington Family Estates renew support for the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine confirms Symington Family Estates has renewed its contract as a Supporter of the Institute.

Symington Family Estates, a leading producer of premium quality Ports, have supported the Institute in various ways for over 20 years. Penny Richards, Executive Director of the Institute said, “We are delighted Symington Family Estates are continuing their support to the Institute. The family and the whole business has been a great ally to the Institute and its Members, and frequently show their commitment and engagement with the Institute’s mission to promote excellence, interaction and learning in the global wine trade.”

The first Institute Masterclass was hosted by the Symington family in 2012 and they have since hosted an annual student trip to Porto, giving MW students unrivalled access to see and taste the wines of the region. The 2016 Institute’s Supporter Summit was held at Symingtons, enabling a gathering of the Institute’s Council and Supporters to discuss the future direction of the Institute (pictured above at the Supporter Summit are Sarah Jane Evans MW, a former Chairman of the Institute and Paul Symington, Chairman of Symington Family Estates).

The Symington family, with Scottish, English and Portuguese ancestry has been present in the Douro for five generations — since 1882 — and through the current generation’s great grandmother, the family’s links to the wines of the Douro span 14 generations, to the mid-17th century and to the very beginnings of the history of Port. Members of the Symington family continue to play an active role in the business today. From the Douro vineyards through the winemaking, ageing and tasting, a member of the family is directly responsible for every bottle of Port they produce. The combined sales of the family’s Port companies make up over a third of all premium Port sold throughout the world.

Paul Symington, Chairman said, “We have great respect for what the Institute does to encourage excellence in wine, and we have been very impressed by the way they have become truly international in their outlook and in their makeup. So we are very pleased to continue our longstanding support.”

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For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

The Family of Twelve Scholarship awarded to MW student Christine Marsiglio

The Institute of Masters of Wine is pleased to announce that The Family of Twelve Scholarship has been awarded to Stage 2 MW student Christine Marsiglio.

Christine, a Tastings Executive at Decanter Magazine, will travel to New Zealand for a 12-day exclusive tour of the Family of Twelve properties throughout the major wine-growing regions, including special tastings and discussion with their principals and winemakers.

Originally from Canada, Christine enrolled in the MW Study Programme in September 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, Canada, a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology from Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture in Angers, France and a WSET Diploma. As Tastings Executive at Decanter, she organises the Panel Tastings for each issue, and helps with the running of the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, and the Decanter Asia Wine Awards in Hong Kong.

The Scholarship was open for entry to all students on the MW Study Programme by submitting an essay titled: ‘Is it time for real world fine wine, not just old world and new world wine?’. The Family Scholarship committee felt Christine’s essay was the clear winner and commented on both the clarity of Christine’s essay argument, and also of her commitment to the wine industry and to her own professional development.

Judy Finn, Chair of New Zealand’s Family of Twelve said, “The scholarship offers Christine the unique opportunity to experience the personalities and values of all twelve Family wineries. She’ll spend time with winery principals along with our viti and vini people exploring the great diversity of New Zealand’s wine regions and styles. Christine’s essay consideration of sustainability and globalisation resonated well as did her highlighting of climate-change as a key challenge for wine producers. We are very excited to be hosting Christine and hope the experience will be mutually beneficial with her learning from us while she contributes to our Family learnings”.

Christine said, “I am honoured to have won this amazing scholarship, and feel very fortunate to have been given this chance to experience the many facets of New Zealand’s wine scene with the distinguished wineries that make up the Family of Twelve.”

Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development said, “This is the second time the Family of Twelve have offered this wonderful Scholarship to our MW students and we remain very grateful for their continued contribution and support to the learning and development of our students on the Study Programme”.

Read Christine’s essay here

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For more information please contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Marketing and Communications Manager
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Notes to Editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine.  The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the examination, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others.  Today, there are 353 Masters of Wine working in 29 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are 350 students in the MW Study Programme from 40 countries.

About The Family of Twelve
The Family of Twelve is a fraternity of twelve of New Zealand’s most prestigious and enduring artisanal wineries. Founded in 2005, the Family’s vision is to nurture long term relationships with an emphasis on education both at home and in our key export markets. The promotion of New Zealand wine at its best is paramount. Neither flashy nor fashionable our family table is about sharing a simpler set of beliefs; exchanging ideas while keeping a common thread that binds us all together. But our connection isn’t merely intellectual, on a practical level we share information, best practice and sometimes even secrets. Contrasting personalities, different wine regions and styles make up our family and we celebrate these differences. We are a family of twelve siblings with one voice and one purpose. Clarity in a crowded wine world.

Wineries:

Kumeu River
Villa Maria
Millton Vineyard
Craggy Range
Ata Rangi
Palliser Estate
Neudorf Vineyards
Nautilus Estate
Fromm Winery
Lawson’s Dry Hills
Pegasus Bay
Felton Road

www.familyoftwelve.co.nz

Institute of Masters of Wine Auction 2017

On 16 November 2017 the Institute of Masters of Wine will hold a unique event to help secure the future of the Institute, and to represent the very best the wine world has to offer.

At an Auction and Dinner hosted by Bonhams in London, the event will bring together a dazzling array of winemakers and wine lovers from across the globe.

Invited guests will have the unparalleled opportunity to bid for Super Lots exclusive experiences from the world of wine. In addition to the Super Lots there will be an online auction leading up to the event, with numerous wine-themed Lots, all curated and led by Masters of Wine. Guests will also experience a superb dinner with tastings of exquisite fine wines and an opportunity to mix with the best of the best in the international wine trade.

The Institute aims to raise a considerable sum for its Endowment Fund, set up more than 10 years ago. The funds have recently been used to purchase the Institute’s new permanent headquarters in London, which has been fitted out to suit the needs of the Institute’s Members, students and Executive team.

The Auction is spearheaded by Patrick McGrath MW and Fiona Morrison MW, supported by a group of international Masters of Wine. Fiona Morrison MW said, “The enthusiasm and interest we have already received about the Auction, from all corners of the world, has been fantastic. The money we raise will help us provide support to international students, increase the global reach to prospective Members, the Masters of Wine of the future, and extend the Institute’s range of activities in the wine world.”

The Institute is inviting Masters of Wine, Supporters and other friends from the global wine industry to participate. There are many ways to be involved, including:

  • Contributing items to the Super Lots and online Lots
  • Donating wines to be consumed on the night
  • Offering cash donations
  • Helping with introductions
  • Curating the Super Lots and online Lots

If you think you can help please get in touch with Penny Richards, Executive Director at the Institute: prichards@mastersofwine.org

IMW Auction 16 Nov 2017 – English

IMW Auction 16 November 2017 – Francais

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For more information please contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Marketing and Communications Manager
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Notes to Editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine.  The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the examination, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others.  Today, there are 353 Masters of Wine working in 29 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are 350 students in the MW Study Programme from 40 countries.

About Bonhams
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com