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The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships

The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships

Following the recent press announcement, the IMW is delighted to confirm its support for the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships in association with Liquid Icons and the Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation.

The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships, Internship and Mentorship Programmes will fund up to two aspiring BIPOC students wishing to enrol on the MW study programme. The scholarship will be worth up to £55,000 per scholar to cover the entirety of their course and exam costs.

Any BIPOC student – wherever they reside – who has the requisite qualifications to apply for the MW programme can apply for the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships online.

The application window begins on 9 March 2021 and closes on 16 April 2021.
Find out more and apply here

Through the scholarship application process, there is also an opportunity for BIPOC students to learn more about the IMW and the study programme.

The IMW will run an ‘Introduction to the IMW’ online session across three geographies on 30 March for anyone who expresses interest via the Liquid icons application process.

The session will include the opportunity to talk with the IMW’s own BIPOC MWs, who can share their journey and answer any questions.

In addition to the ‘Introduction to the IMW’ session, any scholarship applicant wishing to apply to the MW study programme via the IMW’s regular admissions process will have their entrance fees funded by the Gerard Basset Education Charitable Foundation.

We encourage everybody with a passion for wine and who satisfies the application criteria to apply for this scholarship and learn more about the IMW.

This initiative is consistent with the IMW’s diversity policy and action plan, available to read here.


For more information contact:
Belinda Eaton
Head of Marketing and Engagement
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9136

Notes to editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The IMW is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine. The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW exam, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the exam, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to uphold the highest standards of commercial conduct within the industry. Today, there are 416 Masters of Wine working in 31 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 367 students from 40 countries in the 2023-24 MW study programme. The IMW works with 37 supporters and four research and industry associates, who help promote the IMW’s mission. The five principal supporters are Austrian Wine, AXA Millésimes, Champagne Bollinger, Constellation Brands and VSPT Wine Group.