Adrian Garforth MW elected Chairman of the IMW

12 Sep 18

Adrian Garforth MW has been elected the Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine. Adrian, the 54th Chairman of the IMW, is the CEO of Yealands Wine Group, New Zealand’s 5th largest producer exporting wine to over 80 countries.

Adrian takes over the role of Chairman from Jane Masters MW, whose tenure came to an end today. Speaking after his appointment was confirmed, Adrian said: “I’ve been a proud Member of the Institute of Masters of Wine for over 25 years, and am delighted to become Chairman at such a buoyant time in its history.”

A biochemistry graduate from Bath University, Adrian has worked in the wine industry for over 30 years holding senior operational and commercial roles, and set up his own business in 2003. He has worked in South Africa, London, Jamaica and Russia, before the move to New Zealand as Yealand’s CEO. He became an MW in 1993, whilst working for Diageo, winning the Safeway Award for Marketing. In South Africa he was a key part of the team that established Spier Wine Group before opening up the first WSET wine school in Russia as well as the first fine wine importing company in Jamaica.

As Chairman, Adrian will head up the IMW’s Council, a board of 12 international Masters of Wine, who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the IMW. There are currently 380 MWs working in 30 countries.


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Notes to Editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine is a membership organisation with an unsurpassed international reputation. 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 a 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 380 Masters of Wine today, working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are over 340 students in the MW study programme from over 40 countries.


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