The IMW’s 10th international symposium to be held in Germany 2023
The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce a 10th international symposium in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2023.
Open to anyone to attend, the symposium will run over four stimulating days from 29 June to 2 July 2023. The hosts for the not to be missed event are the Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI), the city of Wiesbaden and the federal state of Hessen.
The DWI will work with the 13 wine-growing regions and Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) to welcome guests to the country over the four days.
Germany will provide the perfect setting to hold the IMW’s flagship event through exceptional tastings, provocative talks, breath-taking locations and tours, and incredible networking opportunities – the heart of the symposium programme.
Monika Reule, managing director of the DWI, said, “We are thrilled to welcome the IMW’s international guests to Germany and introduce them to the unique character, quality, and diversity of German wines and the beauty of the wine regions. Guests will experience Germany’s spectacular terroirs and touristic hotspots and witness first-hand the dynamic progress in Germany’s wine business, which makes our country one of the most advanced.”
The 10 MWs living in Germany supported the bid for the 2023 event, and a wider core team of MWs will be initiated, headed by Caro Maurer MW, to help make the symposium a world-class event.
The IMW’s symposium usually takes place every four years, the previous one held in Spain, 2018. However, the 2022 symposium, initially planned for Adelaide, Australia, had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
Neil Hadley, IMW chair, said, “I couldn’t be happier to be applauding this fantastic selection of a European host for the IMW’s next symposium. I have every faith that this most revered wine nation, with all of its history and wonderful fine wines, shall be the perfect location for a world-class symposium addressing the major issues and trends of the global wine trade in 2023.”
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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 414 Masters of Wine working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 307 students from 36 countries in the 2022-23 MW study programme. The IMW works with 36 supporters and two research and industry associates, 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.