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Record numbers taking Master of Wine exams

Published:  08 June, 2012

The Institute of Masters of Wine has reported a record number of students taking the MW exams.

This includes 98 candidates - from 21 different countries including China and India - who are competing to become the first Masters of Wine in their respective countries.

The exams are being held this week in the IMW's global exam centres in London, Napa and Sydney.

Siobhan Turner, executive director of the IMW, said: "Every year our student body grows as greater numbers of wine professionals worldwide aspire to be Masters of Wine.

"We're particularly delighted with the rise in numbers from countries where the interest in wine is showing explosive growth. I have great admiration for the hard work and dedication of all our students, and I wish them all the best of luck," she said.

The IMW has been active in extending the opportunity for study into new territories. In recent years it has held open days and masterclasses for potential students on every continent.

Lynne Sherriff MW, chairman of the IMW, said: "Wine is a global business and the Master of Wine qualification has always commanded respect worldwide.

"I think it's clear that wine professionals in a global marketplace are looking to extend and deepen their knowledge, and set themselves apart from their peers. Achieving the Master of Wine qualification is one way to ensure that your voice is heard in the world of wine."

The total student body has grown in recent years to 298, from 29 different countries.