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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 409 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means gaining entry into a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities – as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields: MWs are winemakers, journalists, consultants, buyers, auctioneers, educators and much more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

Digital celebration for 23 new Masters of Wine

Digital celebration for 23 new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has released a digital celebration to welcome 23 new Masters of Wine to its membership. The short film replaces the postponed 2020 annual awards ceremony, which should have been held this November at Vintners' Hall, London. After...

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 16 new Masters of Wine, taking the total number of MWs in the world today to over 400. Based in nine different countries, the new MWs are Mike Best MW (UK), Nick Bielak MW (UK), Beans Boughton MW (UAE), Duane Coates MW...

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Members of the Institute of Masters of Wine have elected Neil Hadley MW as the new chair of the organisation. Neil, the 55th chair of the IMW, is general manager, export for family-owned Taylors/Wakefield Wines of the Clare Valley, South Australia. Speaking after his...

Recent projects by Charles Curtis MW

Recent projects by Charles Curtis MW

Charles Curtis MW has been busy working on two projects of late, a new Zoom series Elevenses with Charles and new book Vintage Champagne: 1899-2019. Impressed with Michael Broadbent MW’s description of Elevenses in his book Vintage Wine, Elevenses with Charles is a...

The IMW’s 2019-2020 annual review

The IMW’s 2019-2020 annual review

Follow the link below for the IMW's 2019-2020 annual review, which is a record of our activities over the last 12 months from the trips and events to the student programme and finances. Annual review 2019-2020

Romana Echensperger MW releases new book on biodynamic wines

Romana Echensperger MW releases new book on biodynamic wines

Romana Echensperger MW has released a new book on biodynamic wines entitled About the freedom to make the right wine. Romana spent a year on the road exploring the biodynamic wine scene in German-speaking countries and learning how biodynamics is practices and...

Doug Frost MW hosts new video series

Doug Frost MW hosts new video series

Doug Frost MW has been announced as the host of a new 11-part Beaujolais video series launched by fine wine importer Quintessential, in partnership with Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. Doug will be joined by some of the industry's regional experts, fellow Masters of Wine...

Latest News

Digital celebration for 23 new Masters of Wine

Digital celebration for 23 new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has released a digital celebration to welcome 23 new Masters of Wine to its membership. The short film replaces the postponed 2020 annual awards ceremony, which should have been held this November at Vintners' Hall, London. After...

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Members of the Institute of Masters of Wine have elected Neil Hadley MW as the new chair of the organisation. Neil, the 55th chair of the IMW, is general manager, export for family-owned Taylors/Wakefield Wines of the Clare Valley, South Australia. Speaking after his...

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 16 new Masters of Wine, taking the total number of MWs in the world today to over 400. Based in nine different countries, the new MWs are Mike Best MW (UK), Nick Bielak MW (UK), Beans Boughton MW (UAE), Duane Coates MW...

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Recent projects by Charles Curtis MW

Recent projects by Charles Curtis MW

Charles Curtis MW has been busy working on two projects of late, a new Zoom series Elevenses with Charles and new book Vintage Champagne: 1899-2019. Impressed with Michael Broadbent MW’s description of Elevenses in his book Vintage Wine, Elevenses with Charles is a...

Romana Echensperger MW releases new book on biodynamic wines

Romana Echensperger MW releases new book on biodynamic wines

Romana Echensperger MW has released a new book on biodynamic wines entitled About the freedom to make the right wine. Romana spent a year on the road exploring the biodynamic wine scene in German-speaking countries and learning how biodynamics is practices and...

The IMW’s 2019-2020 annual review

The IMW’s 2019-2020 annual review

Follow the link below for the IMW's 2019-2020 annual review, which is a record of our activities over the last 12 months from the trips and events to the student programme and finances. Annual review 2019-2020

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