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Reh Kendermann awards German trip to two MW students

Reh Kendermann awards German trip to two MW students

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that the 2015 Reh Kendermann student bursary has been won jointly by Diego Bonnel of Lyon, France, and Stacy Dalton, of Chicago, USA.

Reh Kendermann GmbH Weinkellerei, which is the leading producer of German branded wines, has been awarding a bursary for students on the Institute of Masters of Wine Study Programme for over twelve years. This bursary, which is awarded following the submission of MW-style essays, gives two students the opportunity to travel to Germany and learn about the dynamism and innovation in contemporary German winemaking.

The Institute has long had links with Germany and its wine trade, which have been deepening in recent years: three new German Masters of Wine were welcomed into the Institute in November 2015, bringing the total to eight. There are currently more than a dozen German students in the MW Study Programme.

Alison Flemming MW, Export Sales Director at Reh Kendermann, said:

“As a cool climate country in wine-making terms, Germany can, and does, produce a huge range of outstanding and award-winning wines and styles, and not just with Germany’s trump card of Riesling. Germany’s new generation of winemakers is educated, well-travelled and open to experimentation. It is not just the big names who are doing new and exciting things, but also a whole host of smaller, family estates and one-man bands. The Reh Kendermann scholarship gives the opportunity to non-nationals to come and experience these dynamic changes for themselves.”

Stacy Dalton, who is an MW Study Programme Stage 1 student, said: “Reh Kendermann has an incredible portfolio of wines. They also have very creative packaging aimed at a new generation of drinkers as well as environmentally friendly options such as Bag-in-Box. Germany has some of the most elegant and terroir driven wines in the world. I am thrilled to get to experience Germany through these wines as they truly convey the uniqueness of a place and the qualities that make it special. I’m also excited to help spread the word about these wines upon my return.”

Diego Bonnel, who is now in Stage 2 of the Study Programme, said: “I was very happy and also moved to win the bursary not only from a study point of view, but also from a personal perspective. Part of my family is German and I used to visit my grandmother in Wiesbaden, which is the entry door for the Rheingau region, so I have always been tasting German wines. I grew up with them, and I feel that they are part of my inner personal story. I have a particular interest in German Spätburgunder. I want now to come to Germany and know better how all these great wines are made from a technical perspective.”

Reh Kendermann GmbH Weinkellerei is a family-owned wine company. It is the leading producer of German branded wines, with many award-winning wines in its portfolio.

Ends (12 Jan 2016)

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