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Waitrose becomes Principal Supporter to the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that Waitrose has become a Principal Supporter of the Institute.  Waitrose is a long-standing supporter of the Institute, and is increasing its commitment in order to support the Institute’s worldwide education programme.

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said:

“Waitrose is well-known for its focus on quality and integrity, and is widely respected for its multi-award winning wine offering. This commitment by Waitrose demonstrates the strength of the relationship that exists between us, and we are very grateful to them for their continuing support.  The Institute itself is a community of members, so we are delighted to be working closely with one of the UK’s most famous partnership organisations.”

Pierpaolo Petrassi MW of Waitrose Ltd, said:

“Waitrose is very pleased to be able to assist with the Institute’s work, and is proud to support such a prestigious organisation.  The Institute of Masters of Wine not only stands for excellence in wine education; it is also a body of experts and enthusiasts that gives a great deal to the global wine community.”

The Institute is a not for profit organisation and its international family of supporters plays a vital role in assisting the delivery of its examination, study and events programmes. Each Institute supporter helps to fund a specific area of activity, which is usually aligned with their own corporate objectives.

Waitrose has been hosting some of the Institute’s educational seminars at the John Lewis Partnership’s Odney Club in Cookham, Berkshire for several years.

Waitrose joins AXA Millésimes and the Austrian Wine Marketing Board as a Principal Supporter to the Institute.

The Institute currently has 298 students enrolled in 23 countries, and the support of Waitrose will assist in preparing them for the annual Masters of Wine examination.


Master of Wine student applications 2012/13 now open

Applications for the Institute of Masters of Wine’s 2012/13 Study Programme opened at 1000 BST on Friday 13 July.

Wine trade professionals who aspire to the world’s most prestigious wine trade qualification can apply to the Institute via the website at

The application process includes a practical tasting element as well as a demonstration of a grasp of theory by means of an essay. Applicants are also required to show their relevant experience by sharing their personal, educational and employment history, and supply a reference either from a Master of Wine or a senior member of the wine industry.

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute, said:

“This is a tremendously exciting time for these applicants, who are starting off on a journey that will be tough, rewarding, and ultimately life-changing. I clearly remember the start of my own personal quest to become a Master of Wine, and the joy and fulfilment of finally achieving that goal. Those who succeed will be welcomed into the global family represented by the Institute, and I know that all Masters of Wine will join me in giving encouragement and wishing good luck to all our applicants.”

Siobhan Turner, Executive Director of the Institute, said:

“The Institute’s Study Programme is universally recognised to be challenging yet extremely enjoyable, and we are expecting strong applications from around the world. There is an enormous amount of talent in the global wine industry, and we are very keen to recruit the best of that talent. The Institute’s diverse membership is a great asset, and we look forward in coming years to welcoming Masters of Wine from entirely new territories, whilst consolidating the thriving communities that exist in some of our more established regions.”

A record number of students worldwide took the Institute of Masters of Wine’s exams last month. 98 candidates, from 21 different countries, put themselves forward, including students from China and India, who are competing to become the first Masters of Wine in their respective countries.

The Institute has exam centres in London (UK), Napa (California), and Sydney (Australia), and in recent years the total student body has grown to 298, from 29 different countries.