E. & J. Gallo Winery becomes a Major Supporter of the IMW

03 Apr 19

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed E. & J. Gallo Winery to its international supporter community. Founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 in Modesto, California, E. & J. Gallo Winery is the world's largest family-owned winery. They are the producer of award-winning wines and spirits, featured in more than 110 countries around the globe.

Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “At a time when our student base has never had such a global dimension and with more students in the USA than any other market, we are delighted to have E. & J. Gallo Winery as a Major Supporter of the IMW. As a family business, Gallo has a unique understanding of the wine world and has shared their insights with our students and Members alike, through a variety of seminars and more recently as part of the successful MW trip to California. With an increasing focus on the premium sector, Gallo’s portfolio breadth and commitment to quality demonstrate the same values that underpin the activities of the IMW.”

The Gallo portfolio is comprised of more than 100 brands. Their premium offerings include Apothic, La Marca, Columbia Winery, Ecco Domani, Whitehaven, J Vineyards & Winery, Louis M. Martini, MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Orin Swift, Talbott Vineyards, Allegrini, William Hill Estate, Jermann, and Tornatore.

Chief Marketing Officer Stephanie Gallo said, "We are honoured to support the Institute of Masters of Wine. Over the last several years, our company has hosted many students on their journey to achieving this prestigious recognition. E. & J. Gallo Winery has three Masters of Wine in integral roles within our organisation – Edouard Baijot MW, Nicholas Paris MW and Nigel Sneyd MW. We applaud the IMW's commitment to professional excellence. Their dedication to promoting education in the wine industry is exemplary."

The IMW now has 28 supporters from around the world, who work jointly with the IMW to promote its mission of excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community.

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

Notes to Editors:

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an unsurpassed international reputation. Its Members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – hold the most respected title in the world of wine. The IMW promotes excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine bypassing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards. In addition to passing the examination, MWs are required to sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The code of conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others. There are currently 383 Masters of Wine today, working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are 359 students in the MW study programme from over 45 countries.

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