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5 new Masters of Wine announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce five new Members have joined the Institute. The new Masters of Wine (MWs) hail from four countries – Czech Republic, Israel, Malaysia, and Switzerland. They include a wine maker, two wine buyers, a marketing manager and the owner of a hospitality training business.

The new Masters of Wine are Ivan Barbic MW (Switzerland); Eran Pick MW (Israel); Jan Schwarzenbach MW (Switzerland); Lenka Sedlackova MW (Czech Republic, currently based in the UK); and Stephen Wong MW (Malaysian-born, now living in New Zealand). For biographies, see the full press release.

The Masters of Wine Examination consists of 3 stages, including Theory and Practical Exams, and culminates in the submission of a final Research Paper, an in-depth study on a wine-related topic from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Ivan Barbic MWIvan Barbic MW
Eran Pick MWEran Pick MW
Jan Swatzenbach MWJan Schwarzenbach MW
Lenka Sedlackova MWLenka Sedlackova MW
Stephen Wong MWStephen Wong MW


For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131

Notes to editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The IMW is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine. The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW exam, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the exam, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to uphold the highest standards of commercial conduct within the industry. Today, there are 419 Masters of Wine working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 376 students from 41 countries in the 2020-2021 MW study programme. The IMW works with 31 supporters and one academic and research associate, who help promote the IMW’s mission. The five principal supporters are Austrian Wine, AXA Millésimes, Constellation Brands, the Madame Bollinger Foundation, and Waitrose and Partners.