MW: why is there still not an Italian?
There are fewer than twenty of us MW students in Italy. The last 8 were accepted onto the programme a few days ago. Finally, though slowly, there is a new trend of opinion and wave of interest in Italy for the Institute of Masters of Wine, the most prestigious association of wine experts in the world.
Many are amazed because, despite the importance of Italy in the scenario of the international wine trade, here nobody has conquered the much sought-after qualification. An English MW in love with Italy, Jane Hunt, tries to explain, starting from the fact that here the Italian courses for getting to know wine are too… distant from international standards.
From personal experience, I can add that it is very difficult (or rather very expensive) to find wines from all over the world to organize blind tastings, the English language is still a problem for many of my fellow countrymen and there are not enough of us to meet, taste and study regularly. But the group is growing thanks to the masterclasses that have been organised in Italy in the last three years thanks to the Istituto Grandi Marchi (that brings together 19 leading Italian wineries) in order to promote the IMW and to help tackle the entrance test for the programme.