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Family of Twelve offer New Zealand prize to MW students

Family of Twelve offer New Zealand prize to MW students

New Zealand’s Family of Twelve, a fraternity made up of some of the country’s most prestigious and enduring artisanal wineries, is offering an unforgettable scholarship for one student in the Institute of Master of Wine’s Study Programme.

The brand new Family of Twelve Essay Scholarship, which was announced by Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria at the recent IMW Seminar in New Zealand, offers students a privileged insight into wine-making at all twelve of the leading NZ properties in the Family.

William Hoare, General Manager of the Fromm Winery and Chairman of the Family of Twelve, said: “The Family of Twelve is excited to offer the MW Scholarship for 2015. We feel the students have a unique perspective on the wine industry of today and we look forward to hearing their views through their essays. But even more than that, we believe the wine industry is built on long term relationships, and we look forward to forming a working relationship with the scholarship winner that we can continue to build on over the coming years.”

Penny Richards, Executive Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be able to offer the Institute’s global students such an exciting opportunity. It comes only a few weeks after an immensely successful Study Programme seminar in Wellington – our first in New Zealand – to which 25 students from across the world came to enhance their preparations for next year’s Master of Wine exams’.

This coming academic year the Scholarship will include a 10-12 day tour of the twelve Family of Twelve properties throughout the major wine-growing regions of New Zealand. The winner will enjoy special tours of the wineries, and tastings and discussion with their principals and winemakers.

The Scholarship will also include air fares from the winner’s country of origin to New Zealand.

The Scholarship is open to any student worldwide who is in the second year of the IMW Study Programme. The trip itself will be taken in May or June 2015, depending on the winner’s schedule.

Selection will be by essay of between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length, addressing one of the following two topics:

Is fine wine an old people’s game? If so, how does one bring the younger generation into spending their hard earned income on better bottles?


New Zealand has entered many global markets with great success, particularly with Sauvignon Blanc. How does it now build and strengthen its reputation as a producer of fine wine?

The deadline for essay submissions from students is 15 January 2015, and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

The Institute of Masters of Wine thanks the Family of Twelve for offering this unique learning opportunity to our students.

Ends (18 December 2014)

Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131