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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 395 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means gaining entry into a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities – as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields: MWs are winemakers, journalists, consultants, buyers, auctioneers, educators and much more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

Message from the IMW Chair

Message from the IMW Chair

We are all experiencing some exceptionally tough challenges, and understand this will impact our lives for many more months. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the IMW has taken the following necessary actions. We have notified students that the 2020 closed book...

Seven new Masters of Wine

Seven new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced seven new Masters of Wine, from five different countries. The total number of MWs in the world is now 396 in 30 countries. The new members of the IMW are Vanessa Conlin MW (US), Elizabeth Kelly MW (UK), Pasi Ketolainen MW...

Grupo Rioja joins the IMW as a supporter

Grupo Rioja joins the IMW as a supporter

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed Grupo Rioja to its family of international supporters. Grupo Rioja comprises 55 wineries from the three areas of the Qualified Designation of Origin (DOCa) in the Rioja region – Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja...

History Hit podcast with Rebecca Gibb MW

History Hit podcast with Rebecca Gibb MW

Rebecca Gibb MW is featured in Dan Snow's podcast History Hit, discussing the Champagne riots, which were the subject of her research paper entitled Were the causes of the 1911 Champagne riots essentially economic? An extract from the podcast: "There are troops...

Steve Smith MW’s new operation Smith & Sheth Cru

Steve Smith MW’s new operation Smith & Sheth Cru

Steve Smith MW is featured in an article by Ken Gargett of Quill & Pad, discussing his new operation Smith & Sheth Cru with partner Brian Sheth. Steve and Brian share a love for the same things: fine wine, Aotearoa New Zealand and enjoying life's pleasures....

Interpreting Wine podcast with Dawn Davies MW

Interpreting Wine podcast with Dawn Davies MW

Dawn Davies MW features in the lastest Interpreting Wine episode with Lawrence Francis, where she gives a COVID-19 update from her role which spans The Whisky Exchange and Speciality Drinks, shares creative way that she has seen the hospitality industry reacting to...

Latest News

Message from the IMW Chair

Message from the IMW Chair

We are all experiencing some exceptionally tough challenges, and understand this will impact our lives for many more months. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the IMW has taken the following necessary actions. We have notified students that the 2020 closed book...

Seven new Masters of Wine

Seven new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced seven new Masters of Wine, from five different countries. The total number of MWs in the world is now 396 in 30 countries. The new members of the IMW are Vanessa Conlin MW (US), Elizabeth Kelly MW (UK), Pasi Ketolainen MW...

Features

Wine Masters Class series

Wine Masters Class series

Christy Canterbury MW, Sarah Heller MW and Liz Thach MW have been announced as the first names of teachers featured in the new Wine Masters Class series, an educational and entertaining video wine course. Each episode is hosted by a Master of Wine and Champion...

Steve Smith MW’s new operation Smith & Sheth Cru

Steve Smith MW’s new operation Smith & Sheth Cru

Steve Smith MW is featured in an article by Ken Gargett of Quill & Pad, discussing his new operation Smith & Sheth Cru with partner Brian Sheth. Steve and Brian share a love for the same things: fine wine, Aotearoa New Zealand and enjoying life's pleasures....

History Hit podcast with Rebecca Gibb MW

History Hit podcast with Rebecca Gibb MW

Rebecca Gibb MW is featured in Dan Snow's podcast History Hit, discussing the Champagne riots, which were the subject of her research paper entitled Were the causes of the 1911 Champagne riots essentially economic? An extract from the podcast: "There are troops...

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