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Washington State Wine Commission joins the IMW international supporter community

Washington State Wine Commission joins the IMW international supporter community

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce Washington State Wine Commission as an IMW major supporter.

WA Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State, which amounts to over 1,000 wineries making over 17M cases of wine.

It provides a marketing platform to raise awareness about the Washington wine industry – the second-largest wine-producing state in the US – and generate greater wine demand.

Steve Warner, WA Wine president, said, “WA Wine is honoured to partner with the Institute of Masters of Wine, as they are the epitome of wine professionalism. We are proud to stand beside other industry leaders in support of the IMW’s mission to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community.”

Adrian Garforth MW, IMW executive director, said, “WA Wine has been associated with the IMW for several years as part of the North American stage one seminar. This year they formally hosted a successful educational seminar in Seattle. It is a pleasure to make the partnership official and recognise them as an official supporter, and we look forward to this collaboration continuing for many years ahead.”


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.