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Institute brings search for potential students to new territories

Institute brings search for potential students to new territories

The Institute of Masters of Wine is expanding and extending its outreach programme in 2016, with events for potential students currently planned in nine countries.

The expansion in the outreach programme is part of the Institute’s commitment to identify promising candidates across the world for the Master of Wine title. The Institute is running five two-day residential Masterclasses, most in conjunction with Institute Supporters, and five shorter ‘Introduction to the IMW’ sessions.

The Masterclasses will be taking place in Italy, Hong Kong, Napa Valley, Austria and Spain.

The ‘Introduction to the MW’ sessions are taking place in San Francisco, Vienna, Rust, Bordeaux, Porto and Singapore. The Institute is also planning sessions at Prowein (Germany) and at the London Wine Fair (UK).

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said:

“This year is going to mark the Institute’s greatest ever effort in terms of outreach to potential students. There are a lot of very talented people in the wine world who would make wonderful Masters of Wine. We want to get out and meet as many as we can, and organising these events worldwide is the best way to achieve our aim.”

The Masterclass is a two day intensive course led by Masters of Wine, which is aimed particularly at talented people who are ready to join the MW Study Programme. Suitable applicants can finish by taking an admissions test.

The ‘Introduction to the IMW’ sessions, at ninety minutes long, are intended to give a flavour of the Institute and its Members during a presentation by a Master of Wine and the Institute’s Education team.

Olivier Chapman, the Institute’s Programme and Development Manager, is responsible for the extended outreach calendar. Olly says “The Masterclasses and Introduction sessions were launched to give people information about the IMW and the student path. They have been so successful in recent years that we now have the largest student body in our history, from 32 different countries. We constantly hear from potential students who would like to talk direct to Masters of Wine and key people within the Institute, and we are putting resources into meeting that need.”

The Masterclasses will take place between March and June, to allow attendees to apply for the 2017 Study Programme.

All the Institute’s outreach activity for potential students is listed here


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