Record number of new Masters of Wine inducted at Institute celebration

03 Nov 15

LONDON, 03 NOVEMBER 2015 - The Institute of Masters of Wine welcomed a record-breaking 24 new Members this evening at its Annual Award Ceremony and Reception, held in the City of London Livery Hall of the Vintners’ Company.  The previous record for new MWs was 19, set in 1993.
Sarah Jane Evans MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said:
“It’s a very special moment to be able to welcome 24 new Masters of Wine to our Institute. Every Master of Wine recognises their dedication to achieve their goal.  I am especially delighted to see that our new Masters of Wine have flown in from all over the world. This underlines the international nature of our membership, and our relevance to the global wine trade.”
The new Masters of Wine - 14 women and 10 men – live and work in 10 countries, including Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  The Institute also welcomed its first Singaporean Member.  The Institute’s membership now stands at 340 MWs in 24 countries.  The Institute’s student body numbers 324, from 32 countries, following the highest ever number of applications to join the MW Study Programme during the summer.
This year marks the culmination of a process to replace the Dissertation, the previous third part of the MW Examination, with a Research Paper.  The Research Paper, which is submitted after candidates have passed the MW Theory and Practical exams, is designed to be broader in scope while maintaining the rigour of the its predecessor.  This year’s candidates, who were submitting the Research Paper for the first time, undertook an in-depth study of a wine-related topic from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Penny Richards, Executive Director of the Institute, said:
“Our Annual Reception is a wonderful occasion when our established Members come together to welcome our new Masters of Wine.  The 24 people who are joining the Institute are all so special, and have earned every bit of the recognition and admiration that is being offered today.”
The awards, each of which is sponsored by a Supporter of the Institute, are given for exceptional performance in a particular area of the MW exam:
The Villa Maria Award is awarded to the new MW who shows outstanding knowledge and understanding of viticulture in their exams.  Philip Tuck MW of Hatch Mansfield, representing Villa Maria, presented the award to Marcus Ansems MW.
The Errázuriz Award is for performance in the Business of Wine examination.  Philip Tuck MW presented the award on behalf of Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errázuriz to Marcus Ansems MW.
The Taransaud Tonnellerie Award is for excellence in the Production and Handling of Wine paper.  Henri de Pracomtal, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Chêne Et Cie, parent company of Taransaud, presented the award to Victoria Burt MW.
The Robert Mondavi Winery Award is presented for outstanding performance across all of the Theory papers.  Mark de Vere MW of Constellation Brands presented the award to Eugene Mlynczyk MW.
The Bollinger Medal is awarded as recognition of outstanding tasting ability.  Andrew Hawes of Mentzendorff, representing Etienne Bizot of the Mme Bollinger Foundation presented the award to Rebecca Gibb MW.
The Noval Award, sponsored by Quinta do Noval, part of AXA Millésimes, is awarded for the best Research Paper by a new MW. Melissa Draycott of Gonzalez Byass, representatives of Quinta do Noval in the UK , presented the award to Sarah Knowles MW for her Research Paper What is the relative importance when using a member’s (amateur’s) positive review versus an expert’s positive review on sales within The Wine Society?
The Institute of Masters of Wine Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, is awarded to a candidate who was outstanding in all parts of the exam.  Marie-Sophie Hartl from AWMB presented the award to Rebecca Gibb MW.
The full list of new Masters of Wine, with links to their Institute biographies, is as follows:
Marcus Ansems web.jpg

Marcus Ansems MW (Canada)
Mollie Battenhouse web.jpg

Mollie Battenhouse MW (United States)
Konstantin Baum web.jpg

Konstantin Baum MW (Germany)
Victoria Burt web.jpg

Victoria Burt MW (United Kingdom)
Wendy Cameron web.jpg

Wendy Cameron MW (Australia)
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Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW (Canada)
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Miles Corish MW (Australia)
Lynne Coyle web.jpg

Lynne Coyle MW (Ireland)
Dawn-Davies web.jpg

Dawn Davies MW (United Kingdom)
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Jennifer Docherty MW (Canada)
Romana Echensperger web.jpg

Romana Echensperger MW (Germany)
Rebecca Gibb web.jpg

Rebecca Gibb MW (New Zealand)
Richard Hemming web.jpg

Richard Hemming MW (United Kingdom)
Iannis Karakasis web.jpg

Yiannis Karakasis MW (Greece)
Sarah Knowles web.jpg

Sarah Knowles MW (UK)
Eugene Mlynczyk web.jpg

Eugene Mlynczyk MW (Canada)
Kenichi Ohashi web.jpg

Kenichi Ohashi MW (Japan)

Andrea Pritzker web.jpg

Andrea Pritzker MW (Australia)
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Patrick Schmitt MW (United Kingdom)
Janek Schumann web.jpg

Janek Schumann MW (Germany)
Victoria Stephens-Clarkson cropped 160.jpg

Victoria Stephens-Clarkson MW (United Kingdom)

Emma Symington web.jpg

Emma Symington MW (United Kingdom)

Ying Tan web.jpg

Ying Tan MW (Singapore)
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Taina Vilkuna MW (Finland)
Ends (03 Nov 2015)
Please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131
Notes to Editors:
There are 340 Masters of Wine today, working in 24 countries. The Membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators.
The Institute of Masters of Wine, which is a non-profit organisation, stands for excellence, interaction, and learning.  The Institute, which has its headquarters in London, runs courses, events and examinations on four continents.
In addition to passing the Institute’s exams, Masters of Wine are required to sign the Code of Conduct and join the Institute before they are entitled to the initials ‘MW’.  The Code of Conduct insists that Masters of Wine should act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others.
There are currently 324 students, from 32 countries, in the Master of Wine Study Programme. 

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