As many of you will know our Master Distiller, Will, has been dividing his time of late between running the distillery, teaching the WSET Diploma, and studying on the Master of Wine programme.
The Master of Wine qualification (‘MW’) is notorious as one of the drinks industry’s most challenging programmes: a mere 341 people in the world hold the title. Despite being a distiller rather than winemaker, Will earned his place on the course by winning the inaugural Wines from Spain MW Scholarship in 2015.
The Institute of Masters of Wine commented: “The Institute is seeing more applications to the Study Programme year on year, and only accepts the brightest and best people from the international wine trade. Over the last two years the Institute has raised the pass mark for the Stage 1 Assessment and changed the admissions criteria, to make it tougher to get on the Study Programme.”
In June this year students took the Stage 1 Assessment in London, Sydney and San Francisco. We’re pleased to report that Will successfully passed the exams first time, enabling his progression to Stage 2 in the coming year.
Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development said:
“These results reflect the commitment, focus and determination of the students, to pursue the highest standards needed for success in the MW Study Programme. The MWs involved in the delivery of the Study Programme have worked tirelessly to support the students on the programme, through involvement in Course Days and Seminars, assignment marking, mentoring and student trips. Thanks to their support and the students’ hard work, we have seen a very pleasing level in the work of Stage 1 students this year. Well done all.”
Congratulations to Will, as well as the other students who are progressing through the next stage, and thanks to Wines from Spain for their generous support.