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Hochschule Geisenheim University becomes a research and industry associate of the IMW

Hochschule Geisenheim University becomes a research and industry associate of the IMW

We are delighted to announce that Hochschule Geisenheim University (Geisenheim) has joined the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) network as a research and industry associate. The university seeks to bolster the Institute’s mission to promote excellence, interaction and learning.  

The university was founded in 2013, as a combination of Geisenheim Research Institute (Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim) and the Geisenheim faculty of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences (today: Hochschule Rhein-Main) and has its roots in the “Royal Prussian Institute of Pomology and Viticulture” which was founded in 1872. Dedicated to being a ‘new type’ of university, Geisenheim commits to combining education with practice and research. 

The Institute has been long associated with Geisenheim and recently Prof. Dr. Hans R. Schultz, President of the University, participated in the IMW’s 10th international symposium in Wiesbaden, Germany. Schultz led the session entitled “Next frontiers in wine research and beyond”, which was met with considerable interest from audience members. 

Prof. Dr. Schultz said: “We are very pleased to continue our co-operation with the IMW. We think that it is our role to disseminate scientific knowledge especially on challenging subjects such as climate change and sustainability around grape and wine production and beyond and the partnership with IMW gives us the opportunity to discuss these subjects with a very diverse and influential group of the wine industry. In return we can learn about needs and approaches taken in all sectors of the wine industry and all regions of the world to meet these challenges.” 

Julian Gore-Booth, IMW Executive Director said: “The IMW and the Institut für Oenologieat the University of Geisenheim have a long-standing relationship built up over many years of working together. We are very excited to be formalising and renewing this relationship as we welcome the University as a Research and Industry Associate and we look forward to our continued collaboration.“ 

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For more information contact:
Belinda Eaton
Head of Marketing and Engagement
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9136

Notes to editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The IMW is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For 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 exam, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the exam, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to uphold the highest standards of commercial conduct within the industry. Today, there are 416 Masters of Wine working in 31 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 367 students from 40 countries in the 2023-24 MW study programme. The IMW works with 37 supporters and four research and industry associates, who help promote the IMW’s mission. The five principal supporters are Austrian Wine, AXA Millésimes, Champagne Bollinger, Constellation Brands and VSPT Wine Group.