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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 419 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

Five new applicants share IWSC Foundation scholarship

Five new applicants share IWSC Foundation scholarship

IMW supporter IWSC Foundation has awarded five scholarships worth £5,000 each to MW study programme applicants. Ian Casterton, Atsuhide Hoshiyama, Christy Fuhrman, Mariko Iwai and Kelcie Jones share a portion of £25,000. IWSC Foundation made the fund available to new...

2021 MW exam questions and wines revealed

2021 MW exam questions and wines revealed

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the questions from the 2021 MW exam, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part of the exam. The complete list of wines can be found here, along with the accompanying questions. The list also shows the...

Three new Masters of Wine

Three new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce three new Masters of Wine. The new members of the IMW are of three different nationalities, based in two countries. Congratulations to Claire Blackler MW (UK), Michael Henley MW (New Zealand) and Siobhan Turner...

Rooted for Good initiative by Jackson Family Wines

Rooted for Good initiative by Jackson Family Wines

IMW major supporter Jackson Family Wines recently launched Rooted for Good: Roadmap to 2030, a bold initiative and 10-year plan to help tackle climate change, generate positive social impact and support the vision for a sustainable future. It is the biggest initiative...

Latest News

Five new applicants share IWSC Foundation scholarship

Five new applicants share IWSC Foundation scholarship

IMW supporter IWSC Foundation has awarded five scholarships worth £5,000 each to MW study programme applicants. Ian Casterton, Atsuhide Hoshiyama, Christy Fuhrman, Mariko Iwai and Kelcie Jones share a portion of £25,000. IWSC Foundation made the fund available to new...

2021 MW exam questions and wines revealed

2021 MW exam questions and wines revealed

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the questions from the 2021 MW exam, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part of the exam. The complete list of wines can be found here, along with the accompanying questions. The list also shows the...

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Isabelle Legeron MW organises digital event Alive!

Isabelle Legeron MW organises digital event Alive!

Founder of RAW WINE, Isabelle Legeron MW and her team are putting together their first fully digital event: Alive! Organised with the support of ProChile, Austrian Wine and Wines of South Africa, the event is a virtual festival of ideas for the world of wine, inspired...

Rooted for Good initiative by Jackson Family Wines

Rooted for Good initiative by Jackson Family Wines

IMW major supporter Jackson Family Wines recently launched Rooted for Good: Roadmap to 2030, a bold initiative and 10-year plan to help tackle climate change, generate positive social impact and support the vision for a sustainable future. It is the biggest initiative...

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