Eight new Masters of Wine announced

08 September, 2009

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed eight new members, bringing the number of MWs worldwide to 280. 

Those who have passed the gruelling exam procedure come from various backgrounds, including wine importing and distribution, education, journalism, broadcasting and restaurant management.

Those qualifying this year are:

Susie Barrie, a UK-based journalist;
Michael Collier, a wine consultant based in the UK;
Roman Horvath, managing director of Domäne Wachau, Austria;
Isabelle Legeron, a French educator, event organiser and television broadcaster, based in the UK;
Tim Marson, a wine buyer for Bibendum in London;
Tuomas Meriluoto, managing director of WineState, an importer in Finland;
Frank Roeder MW, founder and chief executive of VIT, a wine distribution company based in Saar, Germany;
Mai Tjemsland MW, owner of GastroConsult, a restaurant, catering and wine club group in Oslo, Norway.

Institute chairman Dr Josef Schuller MW said: “The MW qualification is uniquely demanding and I warmly congratulate all of our new members on their achievement.  I am particularly pleased to see the continued diversity in expertise of our membership.”

The new MWs will be formally welcomed as Masters of Wine at the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony on November 4 in Vintners’ Hall, London.