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Constellation Brands becomes a Principal Supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

Constellation Brands becomes a Principal Supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is delighted to announce that Constellation Brands has become an IMW Principal Supporter.

Constellation Brands, a leading international producer and marketer of wine, spirits and beer, was previously a Major Supporter of the IMW and has been involved with the Master of Wine (MW) study programme for over two decades. They have provided the venue for the MW examination in San Francisco, awarded numerous scholarships to students on the MW study programme and since 1997 have sponsored the Robert Mondavi Winery Award, presented each year to a new MW who has achieved the best overall result in the theory part of the MW examination.

With operations in the US, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada, their wine brands include Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois and Kim Crawford. Amongst its employees are Masters of Wine Nova Cadamatre MW, Mark de Vere MW and Peter Marks MW.

Penny Richards, Executive Director of the IMW said “Constellation Brands has shown a wonderful dedication to the mission and aims of the Institute, and has spent decades supporting our work, and helping individual students in our global study programme. We look forward to continuing this work with them, and sharing many good times with them in the future.”

“We are proud to announce our role as a Principal Supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine,” said Chris Stenzel, President, Wine & Spirits at Constellation Brands, Inc. “We are steadfast in our commitment to excellence in the world of wine, with an emphasis on wine education, as part of everything we do. We look forward to continuing to build upon our longstanding partnership with the IMW as part of that commitment.”

The IMW, a not for profit membership organisation, now has five Principal Supporters, seven Major Supporters and 17 Supporters.


For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Marketing and Communications Manager
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131

Alex Wagner
Senior Director, Communications and Brand PR
Constellation Brands

Notes to Editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine.  The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the examination, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others.  Today, there are 370 Masters of Wine working in 28 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are over 350 students in the MW study programme from over 40 countries.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S., and Funky Buddha Brewery. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Black Box, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio; about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries; and approximately 10,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. / @cbrands