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IMW student Gloria Collell wins the Spanish Foundation for Wine Culture scholarship

IMW student Gloria Collell wins the Spanish Foundation for Wine Culture scholarship

Spain’s Foundation for Wine Culture has awarded its first scholarship to a student in the Institute of Masters of Wine study programme. The first recipient is Gloria Collell, a Spanish student, currently working at the export department of the winery and cava producer Freixenet.

The scholarship includes €4,000 for expenses related with fees, tastings, travel, wines and other costs needed for the programme, as well as a working trip to some of the wineries at the Foundation.

Selection for the scholarship, which was open to all first and second-year students in the Institute of Masters of Wine’s Study Programme, either Spaniards or based in Spain, was awarded on the basis of an essay: “Premium and fine wines from Spain: terroir, quality and other arguments for improving their performance in world top end markets”.

Gloria Collell said: “It has been a great pleasure to receive this scholarship. It will help me considerably in the process to become a MW. I am very thankful to the Foundation and welcome all initiatives that improve the knowledge of wine among Spanish professionals”.

The Institute of Masters of Wine is grateful to the Spanish Foundation of Wine Culture for offering this great opportunity to our students.


For more information please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131

Rafael del Rey Chairman – Foundation for Wine Culture
T:+34 91 7992666

Notes to Editors:

The Institute of Masters of Wine
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an unsurpassed international reputation. Its Members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – hold the most respected title in the world of wine. The IMW promotes excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards. In addition to passing the examination, MWs are required to sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The code of conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others. There are currently 318 Masters of Wine today, working in 24 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are currently 321 students, from 38 countries, in the Master of Wine Study Programme.

The Spanish Foundation for Wine Culture
The Foundation for Wine Culture is a private organization promoted by five of the most prestigious bodegas in Spain, including Muga, Vega Sicilia, Marques de Riscal, La Rioja Alta and Terras Gauda, together with the Ministry of Agriculture. For more than 16 years the Foundation has been expanding the knowledge on quality wines in Spain and around the world, showing the deep relationship between wine and Spanish history, arts and all sorts of cultural activities.

For more Information:
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