Christie's International Director wins coveted Noval Award

08 Nov 18

Tim Triptree MW, recently appointed International Director of Wine at global auction house Christie’s, has won the sought-after Noval Award for the best research paper at the Institute of Masters of Wine annual awards ceremony this week. The research paper is the final stage of the Master of Wine examinations. This international qualification is the wine trade’s highest accolade, and the result of over many years of study, tasting, and examinations. This year, just 14 students, from nine countries, were accorded the privilege of adding MW to their name – bringing the total to 380 world-wide.

Tim was presented with the prestigious Noval Award, by Christian Seely, Managing Director of Port shippers Quinta do Noval. He wins a cheque for £1000, and a trip to the spectacular Quinta do Noval estate to collect a very rare bottle of vintage Port.

Tim, 43, a former City banker, joined Christie’s in 2005 and was based in Hong Kong for four years – returning last year to take up his new appointment. His award-winning paper Reserve Wine Use in Brut Non-Vintage Champagne: Trends, causes, implications focusses on his expert knowledge of Champagne – with great success. He has a particular interest in the region after winning the Trinity Champagne Scholarship during his Master of Wine studies.

“Each year, we are always so excited to find out who has won the Noval Award. It is such a fitting tribute to the hard work that goes into writing the research paper – and Tim’s is a fascinating read. We hope our research papers continue to be of great value to the whole wine industry.” said Penny Richards, the IMW’s Executive Director.

Meanwhile Christian Seely commented, “The subject is a fascinating one for lovers of Champagne, and the study was both extremely informative and thought provoking. It did not just confine itself to analysis of data, but also provided stimulating reflections on possible consequences of trends that were identified. As well as all this, it was also well written and very enjoyable.”

On receiving his award – marked by a framed print of the Quinta he will visit – Tim said, “I am absolutely elated to win the Noval Award, as Port is such an important part of Christie’s business. Visiting the Douro has always been on my bucket list - and now I am going to the home of the legendary Quinta do Noval Nacional. It is truly amazing!”

Picture shows: Tim Triptree MW, receiving his Noval Award, and picture of Quinta do Noval, from Managing Director Christian Seely. 


For further information, contact:
Fiona Campbell (Quinta do Noval PR):
Tim Triptree MW: +44(0)2077523130 /
Sarah Kirkpatrick:

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 360 students in the 2018-2019 MW study programme, from 45 countries.



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