Institute of Masters of Wine
International Masi Civiltà del Vino Prize
The most authoritative academy for the education of wine experts in the world. Established in London in 1955, the IMW has promoted the excellence, culture and business of wine for over 50 years. Present in 23 countries, the Institute has as its founding principles knowledge and honesty. Its 297 members have been rigorously selected and undergo some of the most intensive training in the world. In 2012, for the first time in its history, the Institute selected five aspiring Masters of Wine from Italy. Under the current leadership of Lynne Sherriff, the IMW's keen interest in quality Italian wines has been confirmed by its decision to hold its 2014 International Symposium in Florence, the first time ever in Italy.