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Master of Wine Symposium opens with address from Mayor of Florence

Master of Wine Symposium opens with address from Mayor of Florence

The Institute of Masters of Wine’s 8th International Symposium, which is the largest event in the 60 year history of the Institute, was declared open in Florence this afternoon by Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence.

450 delegates from 32 countries are in Tuscany for the premium wine event of 2014. Nine panel sessions with leading figures from every aspect of the wine world, and some bringing an expert perspective from other fields, are being balanced with four special tastings. Well over 200 wines will be on pour during the course of the Symposium.

Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, said in his opening address:

“The City of Florence and I are really honoured and proud that the Institute of Masters of Wine has chosen to host this extraordinary event for the first time in Italy. Our wine is one of the major factors that makes our country a beloved destination for people from all over the world. I hope that these four days in Florence can be a source of continuous inspiration for everyone present, and become the birthplace for new ideas.”

Jean-Michel Valette MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said:

“The Institute of Masters of Wine is 313 wine professionals united by a common mission – to promote excellence, interaction and learning. The Symposium is our largest event, and one that we only hold every four years. We are inviting our delegates to join in that mission with us during this, which is not only our first public event in Italy, but also the largest Symposium in the Institute’s history.”

The Symposium, which is held every four years, has previously been held in France (Bordeaux), the United States (Napa), Austria (Vienna) and Australia (Perth).

Ends (15 May 2014)

For enquiries about this release please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131