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MW student Tao Platón wins the 2019 Lallemand bursary

MW student Tao Platón wins the 2019 Lallemand bursary

The Institute of Masters of Wine is pleased to announce that Master of Wine student Tao Platón has won the 2019 Lallemand bursary.

IMW supporter Lallemand – a leading producer of wine yeast, bacteria and their nutrients, and a distributor of oenological enzymes – established the bursary in 2010. It was open to stage 1 and stage 2 students in the IMW’s study programme. Students were asked to write a 1,000-word essay on the following topic set by Lallemand: How can the use of wine bacteria for malolactic fermentation shape the style and improve the quality of a wine?

Tao is a stage 1 MW student and will receive £1,500 towards the cost of his MW student journey. He is the head winemaker at Peninsual Vinicultores. Prior to joining the company three years ago, Tao spent time making wine and learning different winemaking techniques in Bordeaux, the Spanish Duero, New Zealand and Burgundy. He graduated in oenology from the University of Valladolid and his passion is to contribute to a more authentic and sustainable world of wine.

On hearing he was the 2019 winner he said, “Receiving the Lallemand prize is a great joy because not only is it a financial help to continue with my studies, it gives me a greater focus ahead of the assessment this June. In addition, despite being a winemaker, studying the malolactic fermentation topic meant I had to expand my knowledge on the subject and it has been very constructive.”

Ann Dumont, Communications Director for Lallemand’s Oenology Division said, “The topic submitted to the students this year required a well-researched analysis of the latest information on malolactic bacteria, as well as showing the implication in wine production. Tao was able to research, analyse, reference and show examples of the impact of wine bacteria that uniquely covered all aspects. He was able to convert theory into a more applied side of the topic. It was well-written and structured, as well as well-referenced and researched.”

The announcement of the bursary winner comes as Lallemand have renewed their support to the IMW for another three years. Lallemand is a privately owned Canadian corporation present in most wine producing countries. Its Oenology Division, based in Toulouse, France, has a major focus on research and development, both in-house and in collaboration with renowned research institutes. They have been a supporter of the IMW for over 10 years.

Ann Dumont added, “The relationship with the IMW is a natural one for Lallemand. Sharing knowledge, being able to transmit it, being challenged to learn more and apply this knowledge in our work are all aspects that are entrenched in our culture, and feel that they are common links with the IMW. It is always with pride and respect that we continue the relationship we started building 12 years ago.”

Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development and Acting Executive Director at the IMW said, “We are delighted that Lallemand are continuing as a supporter of the IMW. Master of Wine students, Members and the Institute more broadly benefit from this collaboration, with Lallemand offering events, scholarships and research opportunities to the IMW community.”

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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

Angelo Gaja honoured with the 2019 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award

Angelo Gaja honoured with the 2019 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award

Angelo Gaja has been named as the 2019 recipient of the Winemakers’ Winemaker award, at a ceremony during ProWein today (18 March 2019).

Given annually by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business since 2011, the award recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking and is chosen by a panel of winemaking peers that comprise all Masters of Wine who are winemakers, and the award’s past winners.

Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “I cannot think of anybody more worthy of receiving this honour. Angelo has never been afraid to challenge conventions and norms, but always with the overwhelming commitment to the highest possible standards of quality in winemaking. Alongside his family, but also through the Istituto Grandi Marchi he continues to promote the highest standards of excellence, culture and tradition in Italian wine.”

Angelo Gaja was born in Alba, Italy in 1940. He received a degree in oenology from “Umberto I” Oenology High School, Alba and a Master of Economics from the University of Turin. In 1961 he joined the family business, Gaja Winery, and in 1969 he took over its management. Gaja’s wife Lucia helps him manage the business along with their three children, Gaia, Giovanni and Rossana, who each have a part to play.

Gaja Winery owns wine estates in Barbaresco (Piedmont), Pieve Santa Restituta winery in Montalcino (Tuscany) and Ca’ Marcanda winery in Bolgheri (Tuscany). In 2017, the Gaja family undertook a joint venture with the Graci family. Together they purchased vineyard acreage on the southern slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, where you can find Nerello Mascalese and Carricante varieties.

A traditional winemaker, successful businessman and dedicated member of the family, Gaja is recognised as being responsible for the family’s modern success.

On receiving his award, Angelo Gaja said, “At the beginning of my career I looked at the Masters of Wine as a rare specialist club with an immense and unreachable culture. When we welcomed a group of MWs to Barbaresco in 1975, we offered them what we regarded as our best vintages. They spoke highly only about 1961 vintage – their opinions about the other vintages were severe. At first, I felt disheartened, but later I realised they were right. It was a useful lesson from which we took inspiration to regain clarity in our wines. Over the years, every time I’ve had a chance to meet an MW, I’ve always learned something new.”

Gaja joins an impressive list of previous winners of the award – Peter Sisseck (2011), Peter Gago (2012), Paul Draper (2013), Anne-Claude Leflaive (2014), Egon Müller (2015), Alvaro Palacios (2016), Eben Sadie (2017) and Jean-Claude Berrouet (2018).

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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

 

Institute of Masters of Wine appoints Rufus Olins as Executive Director

Institute of Masters of Wine appoints Rufus Olins as Executive Director

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that Rufus Olins has been appointed as the new IMW Executive Director.

Rufus started his career as a journalist and editor working for The Sunday Times. He became Managing Director of Lord Heseltine’s Haymarket Brand Media in 2003, then CEO at the World Advertising Research Centre, an international data business for the marketers and academics.

After heading up Newsworks, the membership body for the UK’s national newspaper brands, he joined the Co-op Group as Chief Membership Officer at a critical time for the business.

On his new appointment Rufus said, “I’m very excited to be joining the Institute of Masters of Wine and building on the excellent work of Penny Richards and the team. I cannot think of a more important time to join such a multi-faceted industry encompassing geography, science, history, climate, fashion, economics and the sheer pleasure of drinking wine.”

“Nothing is a higher priority than maintaining the highest of standards of the MW award, but there are also exciting opportunities ahead for growth and development. I greatly look forward to working with members, students, supporters, the council and the team to develop the IMW’s activities and influence.”

Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “An extensive global search gave us a solid pool of candidates, from both in and out of the wine world, and Rufus was the stand-out candidate in that strong field. He comes with vast expertise, especially with membership organisations, which is very exciting for the IMW. I’m delighted Rufus will be joining the team and I look forward to working with him as we move into the next phase of the IMW’s history.”

Rufus will join the IMW on 28 April 2019. He replaces Penny Richards, who resigned from the IMW in November 2018 to take up a new role in London.

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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