The Institute of Masters of Wine announces South Australia as the host of the 11th international symposium
After an incredible four days of tasting, engaging debate and insight from some of the brightest minds in the industry, The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) concluded the 10th international symposium by announcing Adelaide as the next host region for the event, with the symposium heading to South Australia from the 12-15 November 2026.
The IMW’s international symposium is regarded as the marquee event in the global wine calendar. Having launched in Oxford in 1982, the symposium returned for its 10th event in 2023, running from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July and was attended by over 500 wine professionals and enthusiasts in Wiesbaden, Germany. Centred on the theme of ‘A Taste for the Future,’ the 10th international symposium delivered a compelling schedule of tastings and discussions, to a sold-out crowd, covering topics ranging from the next frontiers in wine research moderated by Prof. Hans R. Schultz, a cool future for Pinot Noir led by Jasper Morris MW, and a special interview led by Susie Barrie MW and Peter Richards MW with one of Hollywood and Broadway’s most esteemed actors, John Malkovich.
Julian Gore-Booth, IMW executive director, said “A huge thank you and congratulations to Caro Maurer MW, Alison Flemming MW and the whole team on bringing together such a compelling series of tastings and seminars, we’ve been delighted by the resoundingly positive feedback we’ve had over the four days. The quality of insight and expertise on show has reinforced the international symposium’s status as the flagship event in the world of wine. Thanks also to our hosts the Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI), the city of Wiesbaden, the Federal State of Hessen and to all our sponsors who have helped deliver a truly memorable event.
“I’m so pleased to announce Adelaide as the host region for the 11th IMW international symposium. Australia, and Adelaide in particular, is at the forefront of so much innovation in the wine world so it is a natural destination for the next symposium. This will be an event you won’t want to miss.”
With the event in Wiesbaden wrapped up, the IMW now turns its attention to Adelaide, as the organisation begins planning the programme of activity for the 11th international symposium in 2026.
Dr Martin Cole, CEO of Wine Australia said, “We’re thrilled that the IMW symposium is coming to Adelaide in 2026 and look forward to showcasing Australia’s world-class wines and wine regions. It’s such a fantastic opportunity to bring leaders in wine together and share our passion for Australia’s diverse and exciting wine scene.”
Adelaide was due to host the conference in 2022, however it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The South Australia Government is helping to fund the event.
Pictured from left to right: Julian Gore-Booth (IMW Executive Director), Emma Symington (Wine Australia), Laura Jewell (Wine Australia), and Hon. David Ridgway (Agent General for South Australia).
Photo credit: Arne Landwehr
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About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The IMW is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 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 414 Masters of Wine working in 31 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 349 students from 40 countries in the 2022-23 MW study programme. The IMW works with 37 supporters and four research and industry associates, who help promote the IMW’s mission. The four principal supporters are Austrian Wine, AXA Millésimes, Champagne Bollinger and Constellation Brands.