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12/09/2007

Institute of Masters of Wine inviting applications for the 2008 education program

Held in Melbourne, the Australian residential education program will run from 19–23 January 2008. The course is open to people working with wine and wine interested professionals from other industries are welcome to apply.

Applicants are required to submit a detailed Application Form, available from the Institute's website www.mastersofwine.org/ApplicationPackRequest.aspx

2007 has been a good year for young wine professionals in the Australia/New Zealand region, with Corey Ryan from Villa Maria being named the top first year student for the entire educational programme and wine consultant Craig Johnston winning the 2007 Reh Kendermann Bursary (the 1st Australian to ever win the award). IMW’s most recent graduates from our region are New Zealander Paul Tudor, South Australian David LeMire and Western Australian Craig Drummond who is a partner in Garland Wines.

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) was established in London England in 1953, since then over 2000 candidates have sat for the exam in the art and science of wine. Membership was opened up to non-UK members for the first time in 1987; currently 257 members from 22 different countries have become Masters of Wine.

In order to cater for the growing number of international students interested in the Education Program, in 1991 IMW decided to annually hold the examination on the same days in California, Melbourne, Austria and Bordeaux.

The Master of Wine qualification is achieved by passing a 3 part examination: Theory, Practical and a 10,000 word Dissertation on a subject relevant to the international wine industry. Candidates come from various areas of the wine industry and are as diverse as multi-national and independent wholesalers, importers and retailers, to winemakers, wine educators and wine writers. Applicants who are not currently actively involved in the wine industry may be required to attend an interview before being accepted onto the course.

Applications close September 17. For further information visit www.mastersofwine.org

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