Australian Wine Research Institute announced as IMW academic and research associate

23 Jan 18

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) has become the Institute of Masters of Wine's (IMW) first official academic and research associate – a new-style of partnership for the IMW.

In addition to its global network of Supporters and with a continued commitment to excellence, interaction and learning across the global wine world, the IMW is keen to develop deeper and closer relationships with academic institutions and research bodies.

Established in 1955, the AWRI is the Australian grape and wine industry’s own research organisation. Its aim is to support a sustainable and successful grape and wine industry through research and knowledge transfer. Based at the Waite Research Precinct in Adelaide, the AWRI is governed by an industry-led, skills-based board and is a member of the Wine Innovation Cluster.

This announcement between the two bodies coincides with a special tutored tasting the AWRI is staging at the IMW’s headquarters in London tomorrow (24 January 2018). The seminar will evaluate winemaking treatments in Australian Shiraz and includes a tasting of 15 wines, presented by Con Simos, Group Manager at the AWRI.

AWRI Managing Director Dr Dan Johnson commented, "The AWRI has had a long-standing productive relationship with the IMW, working closely together on educational initiatives and events. This agreement will take the relationship to a new level, with opportunities for enhanced collaboration and sharing of information and resources."

Penny Richards, IMW Executive Director is delighted this first academic and research associate has been announced – "As the Institute continues to grow, we recognise it is hugely important to build stronger, formal ties with organisations like the AWRI. We know it such partnerships will be of great benefit to Masters of Wine, but also MWs of the future, and we’re grateful to be given such opportunities."


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Notes to Editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
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 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 368 Masters of Wine today, working in 29 countries. The Membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are over 350 students in the MW Study Programme from over 40 countries.


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