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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started 70 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 412 MWs based in 31 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means entering 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, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and 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

Jancis Robinson MW OBE receives 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jancis Robinson MW OBE receives 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jancis Robinson MW OBE has been named the recipient of the 2024 Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at Vinexposium's V d'Or by Julian Gore-Booth, IMW executive director and Patrick Schmitt MW, editor-in-chief of the...

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...

Joshua Grainer MW from the US wins the 2023 Quinta do Noval Award

Joshua Grainer MW from the US wins the 2023 Quinta do Noval Award

At the Institute of Masters of Wine Annual Awards Ceremony this week at Vintners Hall, London, Joshua Grainer MW, MD and winemaker of RDV Vineyards in Virginia, USA, was given the prestigious 2023 Quinta do Noval Award for the best research paper (RP) by a new MW....

Sarah Jane Evans MW receives top Spanish honour

Sarah Jane Evans MW receives top Spanish honour

Last week, Sarah Jane Evans MW was granted the Officer's Cross of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic in recognition of her 'extraordinary services to Spain'. Established in 1815, the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic is a Spanish civil order and honour...

The IMW’s 2022-2023 Annual Review

The IMW’s 2022-2023 Annual Review

Follow the link below for the IMW’s 2022-2023 annual review, which is a record of our activities over the last 12 months from trips and events to the student programme and finances. Annual review 2022-23

Master of Wine South Africa trip (11 – 20 November 2023)

Master of Wine South Africa trip (11 – 20 November 2023)

South Africa, and particularly the Western Cape’s wine country, is a nation of visual impact. No matter how many times one gazes across its weathered mountains, dramatic vistas, and vividly-coloured scenery, one is astonished by its rugged primeval beauty. Add to this...

Wine Market Council appoints Dr. Liz Thach MW as president

Wine Market Council appoints Dr. Liz Thach MW as president

Wine Market Council, the leader in market research on U.S. wine consumer buying habits and attitudes, have announced the appointment of Dr. Liz Thach MW as the new president of the Wine Market Council (WMC), effective August 1, 2023. Dr. Thach will succeed current...

Latest News

Jancis Robinson MW OBE receives 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jancis Robinson MW OBE receives 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jancis Robinson MW OBE has been named the recipient of the 2024 Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at Vinexposium's V d'Or by Julian Gore-Booth, IMW executive director and Patrick Schmitt MW, editor-in-chief of the...

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...

Features

In memoriam: Jean Reilly MW

In memoriam: Jean Reilly MW

It is with regret that we share that Jean Reilly MW has sadly passed away. Jean became a Master of Wine in 2010, becoming just the fifth American woman to earn the coveted title. Jean was an event host, public speaker, educator and a consultant to wine collectors with...

Sarah Jane Evans MW receives top Spanish honour

Sarah Jane Evans MW receives top Spanish honour

Last week, Sarah Jane Evans MW was granted the Officer's Cross of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic in recognition of her 'extraordinary services to Spain'. Established in 1815, the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic is a Spanish civil order and honour...

Master of Wine South Africa trip (11 – 20 November 2023)

Master of Wine South Africa trip (11 – 20 November 2023)

South Africa, and particularly the Western Cape’s wine country, is a nation of visual impact. No matter how many times one gazes across its weathered mountains, dramatic vistas, and vividly-coloured scenery, one is astonished by its rugged primeval beauty. Add to this...

The IMW’s 2022-2023 Annual Review

The IMW’s 2022-2023 Annual Review

Follow the link below for the IMW’s 2022-2023 annual review, which is a record of our activities over the last 12 months from trips and events to the student programme and finances. Annual review 2022-23

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