Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines Becomes an Institute Supporter
The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines has entered into a formal support agreement with it for the next three years.
Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines will contribute to the Institute’s international education programme and will provide an outstanding continuous professional development opportunity for the Institute’s members through an annual visit to the region for up to 10 Masters of Wine who are active student mentors.
The Institute is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the highest educational and professional standards in the global wine trade. It was founded in London in 1955 and today it is a truly international organisation with a membership of 279 individual Masters of Wine based in 22 different countries. More than 240 students from 24 countries are currently studying in its education programme which leads to the Masters of Wine Examination.
The addition of Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines brings the number of current Institute supporters around the world to 22, each of whom helps to fund a specific area of activity which is usually aligned with their own corporate objectives. The Institute’s principal supporters are AXA Millésimes and the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.
Südtirol/Alto Adige is Italy’s northernmost province, located in the heart of the Southern Alps. It is well known for its mineral and crisp white wines and fruity and elegant reds. They are shaped by the climatic interaction between hot days and particularly fresh nights and reflect the limpidity and freshness of the unique landscape.
The Südtirol/Alto Adige Wine Marketing Board was formed in 1975 by a group of winemaking companies to promote and strengthen the image of the wines from the area. Today more than 100 wineries are members, representing over 90% of the local production. The Export Organisation Südtirol/Alto Adige (EOS) carries out the generic promotional activities on behalf of the Consortium of Südtirol/Alto Adige wines.
Armin Dissertori, President of the Consortium Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines said: “We are thrilled to be working with the Institute and supporting an organisation that has done so much for the wine sector. The specialists trained by the Institute deserve every support as they fulfil its mission of promoting educational and professional excellence in the international wine community.”
Dr. Josef Schuller MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said: “I am delighted to welcome Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines to our supporter community. Their region is one of stunning beauty which is matched by the outstanding quality of its wines. This support agreement will provide an exceptional professional development opportunity for MWs who are mentors in the Institute’s education programme and will assist them greatly in their work with our students, who aspire to achieving the title Master of Wine.”