Grupo Rioja joins the Institute of Masters of Wine as a supporter

20 Nov 19

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed Grupo Rioja to its family of international supporters.

Grupo Rioja comprises 55 wineries from the three areas of the Qualified Designation of Origin (DOCa) in the Rioja region – Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental.

Founded in 1968 as ‘Grupo de Criadores y Exportadores de Rioja’, it was originally a consortium focused on the export of Rioja wines, being the first organisation to promote the overall Rioja brand to the international market.

Today Grupo Rioja represents more than 75 per cent of the region’s sales. The group promote the competitiveness of its wineries and lead initiatives aimed at improving the positioning of its wines and promoting 'Rioja', through the development of wine tourism.

The activity of the group is essential in the socio-economic development of the wine region, as they buy grapes from more than 11,000 winemakers and employ over 2,700 people in the area.

Fernando Salamero, Grupo Rioja Chairman said, “Grupo Rioja already work closely with many members of the Institute of Masters of Wine – from both in Spain and around the world. Our mission is based on the dissemination of wine culture in general, and Rioja in particular, and so we are pleased to strengthen our collaboration with the IMW by becoming a supporter.”

Adrian Garforth MW, IMW Chairman said, “Rioja has an enviable history and quality reputation as one of Spain’s most recognised wine producing regions. The activities of Grupo Rioja will ensure that this reputation remains relevant and will endure in today’s competitive wine market. The IMW recently held its four-year symposium in the heart of Rioja; the event in Logroño was a great success and highlighted the vibrant and progressive developments within the region. We are therefore delighted to welcome Grupo Rioja as a new supporter.’


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 389 Masters of Wine today, working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are 350 students in the 2019-2020 MW study programme from over 40 countries.

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