Catena Institute of Wine becomes a research and industry associate of the IMW
Catena Institute of Wine has become an academic and research associate of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW). Catena becomes the third research and industry associate to join the IMW’s mission to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community.
The Catena Institute of Wine was founded by Dr. Laura Catena as an offshoot of her family winery, Bodega Catena Zapata, and pursues the vision to advance Argentina’s winemaking regions and make wines that can stand with the best of the world by capitalising on scientific research. The Catena Institute also works alongside universities to advance technological wine knowledge.
Laura is accredited for continuing the legacy of her family winery through innovation. Founded in 1902, the Argentinean winery is known for innovating Malbec and making use of extreme high-altitude terroirs to make world-class wines. Nicolas Catena Zapata, Laura’s father, is credited with putting Argentinean wine on the map. Together, they make a duo of Decanter ‘Man of the Year’ and the drinks business ‘Woman of the Year’.
The IMW is honoured to have Laura as the closing keynote speaker at this year’s international symposium in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Laura Catena, Managing Director of Bodega Catena Zapata and Catena Institute of Wine Founder and Board Member, said: “We are particularly excited to partner with the IMW given their focus on increasing diversity within the world of wine, and addressing the global threat of climate change. At the Catena Institute of Wine we believe that a scientific approach is essential in order to preserve the ancient art of winemaking for the generations to come.”
Julian Gore-Booth, IMW executive director, said: “The IMW is very excited to welcome the Catena Institute of Wine as an academic and research associate. Through this association we will help students and MWs access scientific knowledge around winemaking and viticulture in South America and help South American students broaden their tasting skills.”
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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 412 Masters of Wine working in 31 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 349 students from 40 countries in the 2022-23 MW study programme. The IMW works with 38 supporters and four research and industry associates, who help promote the IMW’s mission. The five principal supporters are Austrian Wine, AXA Millésimes, Champagne Bollinger, Constellation Brands and VSPT Wine Group.