Santa Rita Estates becomes a supporter of the IMW

12 Sep 19

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is pleased to announce that Santa Rita Estates (SRE), has re-joined the IMW’s international supporter community.

SRE comprises Santa Rita and Carmen from Chile, and Doña Paula from Argentina.

Santa Rita enjoys success in key markets across the globe as well as being one of the best-selling brands in Chile. Sebastian Labbé is the head winemaker of the ultra-premium Casa Real and is an integral part of SRE’s WiSe vineyard regeneration scheme.

Established in 1850, Carmen is one of the oldest wineries in Chile, where rising-star Emily Faulconer is the winemaker.

On the other side of the Andes, Doña Paula wines – headed up by winemaker Marcos Fernandez – are reaping the rewards of its hard work, dedication and vision by scooping up awards in the 2019 wine competitions, including Malbec Trophy in the International Wine Challenge.

Sustainability is top of SRE’s agenda in every part of the winemaking process – from the vineyards to the final distribution – and they have a fully integrated environmental and commercial sustainability programme in place.

Terry Pennington, export commercial director, SRE said, “We are delighted to be continuing our support of the IMW for another three years and feel privileged to be aligned to a brand synonymous with excellence within the world of wine. Our shared longstanding commitment to wine education and promotion of excellence makes the IMW a perfect partner to our Santa Rita Estate brands.”

Adrian Garforth MW, IMW chairman said “We are delighted to be renewing our relationship with Santa Rita Estates. In November we have a large party of MWs visiting Chile to explore and learn more about the exciting developments within the country. SRE are recognised for their pioneering work in the region, so their recommitment to support the IMW’s aims through a long term agreement is both timely and welcome.”

The IMW now works with 30 supporters from around the world who help to promote the IMW’s 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 by passing 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 390 Masters of Wine today, working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There were 359 students in the 2018-2019 MW study programme from over 45 countries.


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