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Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has confirmed 11 new MWs. This brings the total number of people holding the title to 300, the largest number ever.

Master of Wine (MW) is a qualification (i.e. not an academic degree) issued by The Institute of Masters of Wine in the United Kingdom, a non-profit organization funded by its members and by corporate sponsorship from within the wine industry. The MW qualification is generally regarded in the wine industry as one of the highest standards of professional knowledge. The institute was founded in 1955; the first non-UK Master of Wine was awarded in 1988.

The Institute’s objectives are:

  • To promote the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of wine;
  • To uphold the highest standards within the wine industry;
  • To enhance personal and professional goals in pursuing wine-related activities.

Welcoming the Institute’s new members, IMW chairman Lynne Sherriff MW said: “I warmly and sincerely congratulate them on their amazing achievement and I am sure that each will be an excellent ambassador for wine and contribute to the continuing development of the Institute in the years ahead.”

Of the 11 new MWs, one, Christy Canterbury, is from the US. Dr. Liz Thach, also from the US, achieved the creditial earlier this year. For more info, see