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Transatlantic success for MW students in French Wine Society scholarships

Transatlantic success for MW students in French Wine Society scholarships

Six international students on the Master of Wine Study Programme have won scholarships on the French Wine Society’s Sud de France course.

Barbara Boyle (Ireland), Stefan Metzner (Germany), and Thomas Curtius (Germany) elected to take the course in London; Tan Ying Hsien (Singapore) and Philip Hedger (USA) took up their scholarship places in New York. Mark Pygott (UK), the final scholarship winner, was able to participate online.

This competition was open to all students on the IMW Study Programme, in all regions, and at any stage of their studies. Selection was by an essay written in English on the following topic: “Is the Languedoc-Roussillon the next “classic” wine region of France?”

According to Matthew Stubbs MW, who conducted the two-day master-classes for the winners in both London and New York, “The Languedoc-Roussillon has always struggled to break into the “big league” of French Wine regions. This course is one way to help put that right!”

The French Wine Society ( is a leading provider of French wine study and certification programs internationally, which boasts a number of Masters of Wine amongst its course instructors. Their goal is provide current, relevant and practical information on the wines and wine regions of France to those seeking professional development, or looking to specialize. Courses are delivered via print, webinar, recorded lecture, live lecture, and study immersion trips to France plus classes with tutored tastings via an international program provider network.

Penny Richards, Executive Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said: “We are very grateful to the French Wine Society for extending this opportunity to students on our study programme. I’m delighted that so many of our students put themselves forward for these scholarships, and produced such high-quality essays in their applications. Congratulations to all of them.”

Ends (24 Oct 2013)

For enquiries about this release please contact:

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