Select Page

Master of Wine Symposium opens with address from Mayor of Florence

The Institute of Masters of Wine’s 8th International Symposium, which is the largest event in the 60 year history of the Institute, was declared open in Florence this afternoon by Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence.

450 delegates from 32 countries are in Tuscany for the premium wine event of 2014. Nine panel sessions with leading figures from every aspect of the wine world, and some bringing an expert perspective from other fields, are being balanced with four special tastings. Well over 200 wines will be on pour during the course of the Symposium.

Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, said in his opening address:

“The City of Florence and I are really honoured and proud that the Institute of Masters of Wine has chosen to host this extraordinary event for the first time in Italy. Our wine is one of the major factors that makes our country a beloved destination for people from all over the world. I hope that these four days in Florence can be a source of continuous inspiration for everyone present, and become the birthplace for new ideas.”

Jean-Michel Valette MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said:

“The Institute of Masters of Wine is 313 wine professionals united by a common mission – to promote excellence, interaction and learning. The Symposium is our largest event, and one that we only hold every four years. We are inviting our delegates to join in that mission with us during this, which is not only our first public event in Italy, but also the largest Symposium in the Institute’s history.”

The Symposium, which is held every four years, has previously been held in France (Bordeaux), the United States (Napa), Austria (Vienna) and Australia (Perth).

Ends (15 May 2014)

Contact
For enquiries about this release please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131
E: bmckeown@mastersofwine.org
www.twitter.com/mastersofwine
www.facebook.com/mastersofwine

Madame Bollinger Foundation becomes Institute Principal Supporter

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that the Madame Bollinger Foundation has become a Principal Supporter of the Institute.

The Madame Bollinger Foundation, which was previously a Major Supporter, joins AXA Millésimes, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, and Waitrose as a Principal Supporter.

The Madame Bollinger Foundation was founded in 1987 by Christian Bizot in honour of his aunt Madame Lily Bollinger. The purpose of the Madame Bollinger Foundation is to promote excellence in oenology and to foster quality, education, professional qualification and ethics in all matters relating to wine at an international level. It became the Institute’s first Supporter in 1988, and in 2014 we celebrate the 25th year of our partnership.

Christian Bizot himself was appointed an Honorary Master of Wine – one of only four honorary MWs in the Institute’s history, along with Harry Waugh (UK), Chris Hancock (Australia), and Robert Mondavi (USA).

His son Etienne Bizot, Madame Bollinger’s great nephew, and Chairman of the Madame Bollinger Foundation, said “I am delighted that our Foundation is celebrating 25 years of support for the Institute of Masters of Wine by becoming a Principal Supporter. This reaffirms the commitment of the Bollinger family to the great cause of excellence in wine education, and strengthens our long term support to the important work the institute carries out the world over.”

Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Jean-Michel Valette MW said “The Madame Bollinger Foundation has always recognised the relevance of the Master of Wine qualification to the global wine trade. 25 years ago, when the Institute had ambitions to internationalise the Study Programme, the support and encouragement of the Madame Bollinger Foundation was instrumental in achieving that goal. We thank them for making this new commitment as a Principal Supporter, and also for their continuing friendship and the interest they take in the Institute. Our partnership has been a long and fruitful one, and we value it greatly.”

The Madame Bollinger Foundation also awards The Bollinger Medal each year for excellence in tasting and outstanding achievement in the Institute of Masters of Wine practical examinations. The 2014 recipient was Anne McHale MW. Previous recipients have included Isabelle Legeron MW (2009), Essi Avellan MW (2006) and Gerard Basset MW (1998).

Ends (12 May 2014)

Contact
For enquiries about this release please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131
E: bmckeown@mastersofwine.org
www.twitter.com/mastersofwine
www.facebook.com/mastersofwine

William Fèvre becomes Institute Supporter

The Institute of Masters of Wine is happy to announce that William Fèvre has become an official Supporter of the Institute.

William Fèvre was founded in 1959 and has become one of the most recognisable names in Chablis. A domaine that includes 15ha in Grand Cru, it has developed a global reputation. In 1998, William Fèvre became part of Maisons et Domaines Henriot.

Thomas Henriot, CEO of Maisons et Domaines Henriot, said: “We are very happy to be supporting the Institute of Masters of Wine. We are looking forward to listening to the Institute’s needs, and using the resources at our disposal to assist them in their mission. We want to be part of the Institute’s future.”

Penny Richards, Executive Director of the Institute, said: “As the Institute becomes more diverse both in its Membership and in its activities, our group of Supporters is taking an increasingly important role in assisting our drive to maintain our relevance in the global wine trade. William Fèvre is a very welcome addition to the Supporters group, and we are certain that they will make a distinctive and distinguished contribution to the exciting plans we have for the next few years.’

The addition of William Fèvre to the Institute’s list of official Supporters brings the total number to 24, from eleven different countries.

Ends

Contact
For enquiries about this release please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131
E: bmckeown@mastersofwine.org
www.twitter.com/mastersofwine
www.facebook.com/mastersofwine