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VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter joins the IMW international supporter community

VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter joins the IMW international supporter community

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce the VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter as an IMW supporter.

VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter is the world’s oldest association of premium winegrowing estates and home to around 200 of Germany’s most talented winegrowers. Across diverse regions and philosophies, they share a tireless dedication to producing handcrafted wines that express their origin. The VDP.Eagle is the symbol of the VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter.

The VDP and IMW have had a close relationship for several years, where the VDP has added significant value to both the MW study programme and wider IMW activities. In addition to expanding and enriching the networks on both sides, we hope that this partnership will further strengthen the perception and reputation of German wine.

Theresa Olkus, VDP managing director, said, “For many years, we have maintained a special relationship and appreciation for each other’s work. The IMW’s global network is unique in the world. We are delighted to now acknowledge all of our joint activities in an official partnership.”

Sarah Harrison, IMW head of study programme and development, said, “Over the last year alone, the VDP has hosted a trade tasting, an introductory course, and organised a stage two student seminar. We are therefore pleased to officially welcome the VDP to our international supporter community and look forward to our partnership continuing for many years.”

Photo credit: ©VDP by Peter Bender


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.