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Recipient of 2012 Esterházy Bursary Announced

Recipient of 2012 Esterházy Bursary Announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine and the Esterházy Foundation, one of its major supporters, are delighted to announce that Geoffrey Dean is the recipient of the 2012 Esterházy Bursary.

Geoffrey is a UK-based first year student in the Institute’s study programme which prepares candidates for the annual Masters of Wine Examination.

The bursary, first awarded in 2011, is open to first and second year students of the Institute and consists of £2,000 which can be set against Institute study or examination fees.

Entries had to be submitted in the form of an essay, written in either English or German, evaluating the potential of indigenous Hungarian grape varieties in the context of the global market place.

Established in 1953, Master of Wine remains the most highly respected and hardest to attain professional qualification in the world of wine. More than 280 students from 29 different countries are currently studying towards the Master of Wine title with the Institute. There are currently 299 Masters of Wine in the world, based in 23 different countries.

Hans-Christian Karall, Managing Director of the Esterházy Foundation, said: “We were impressed by the quality of entries for the bursary and are delighted to be able to support Mr. Dean in his studies towards achieving the wine industry’s most respected title.”

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute, said: “The Esterházy Foundation has contributed to both our international study and events programmes since it became a major supporter of our work in 2009. This bursary provides valuable assistance to wine professionals who aspire to be amongst the next generation of Masters of Wine and our congratulations go to Geoffrey on becoming its second ever recipient.”