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Lynne Sherriff voted chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine

Published:  13 September, 2010

South African, Lynne Sherriff has been voted chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine.

Sherriff, who holds the South African Cape Wine Masters (CWM) qualification, and is a former director of the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Academy, was one of the first two South Africans to earn her MW, in 1993.

In Austrian terms of the Institute's constitution she can serve no more than two consecutive one-year terms in her new position.

She succeeds Josef (Pepi) Schuller MW of Austria.

Wines of South Africa (WOSA), chief executive officer, Su Birch said: "That someone from our country now occupies one of the most prestigious and influential positions in the international world of wine, is a great honour for South Africa.

"She has played an important role in building the profile of South African wine and particularly in the profile of South African excellence, given the depth of her expertise and erudition."

The Institute has granted just 280 Masters of Wine to its students across 23 countries since the inaugural examinations were held in 1953 and is the highest professional accreditation conferred in the wine industry.