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Two Master of Wine students awarded IWSC scholarship

Two Master of Wine students awarded IWSC scholarship

The IWSC has awarded two Master of Wine students each with a £5,000 scholarship to use towards their studies. Jane Dunkley and Gaston Guibert are the recipients of the coveted award.

Students were asked to write an article that acts as a ‘love letter to wine’. Whilst the IWSC were greatly impressed by the entries they received, Jane and Gaston’s stood out as exemplary. As part of their award, they will see their articles published in Club Oenologique, the sister magazine of the IWSC.

Originating from South-Western Australia, Jane Dunkley got her start in the wine industry as a teenager and never looked back. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wine Science from Charles Sturt University and is a stage two Master of Wine candidate, winning the Commanderie de Bordeaux USA Scholarship for exceptional performance in the stage one exam in 2021. Her quest to craft world-class wine has led her around the globe, with over two dozen vintages in four different countries. Based in Paso Robles, California she is winemaker for Cakebread Cellars’ new Central Coast project, Bezel.

Gaston Guibert is a native San Franciscan and product of the Portland, Oregon wine community. His wine journey began with an inspiring walk and talk in the vines with Aimé Guibert at Mas de Daumas Gassac in 2012, and has taken him through stages in distribution sales, fine wine retail, production, and the Master of Wine programme. He looks forward to enjoying a lengthy final chapter of that journey as a farmer of southwestern French varieties in the Willamette Valley.

Christelle Guibert, CEO Fine Wine & Spirits at the Conversion Group, commented: “At the IWSC, we are proud to announce our continued commitment to fostering excellence and education within the wine industry. We understand the significance of supporting the next generation of Master of Wine (MW) students, and it is with great pleasure that we provide financial bursaries and scholarships to aid them in their pursuit of knowledge. Our dedication to advancing education in the world of wine and spirits is a testament to our mission of promoting quality and expertise. The IWSC remains committed to being a catalyst for positive change, and we look forward to witnessing the accomplishments of the scholars we have the privilege to support.”

Sarah Harrison, IMW head of operations, was pleased to add: “”We are hugely grateful to the IWSC for their generosity and we know that these funds will make a real difference to their journey towards becoming an MW. This year’s essay topic provided students with the opportunity to reflect on what wine means to them, resulting in some truly special entries. We encourage you to read the two winning essays when they are published in Club Oenologique.”

The IWSC has been a supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine since 2020 and have generously provided a number of students with scholarships in previous years.


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.