IMW's 10th annual symposium to be held in Germany 2023
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 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."
Ideal setting for a top-level event
Premier of Hessen, Volker Bouffier, explained: "It will be a great honour and pleasure for us to welcome wine experts from all over the world to our beautiful capital city of the Federal State of Hessen. As a cosmopolitan state in the heart of Europe, Hessen offers the ideal setting for such a top-level event, not least because of its internationally-acclaimed wine-growing regions."
The ten 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.
“I couldn’t be happier to be applauding this fantastic selection of a European host for the IMW’s next symposium", said Neil Hadley, IMW Chair. "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.”
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 act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others. Today, there are 419 Masters of Wine working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are 376 students from 41 countries in the 2020-2021 MW study programme. More: masterofwine.org