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Over 80% of new MWs are WSET Alumni

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Congratulations to the 16 new Masters of Wine (MW) who were announced last week!

We are incredibly proud to see that 13 of these new MWs are also WSET Alumni, proving how important our Level 4 Diploma in Wines is as a stepping stone to this achievement. We are also delighted to see a former employee and WSET educator in the list. Mike Best worked for WSET between 2014 - 2019 as a Business Development Manager for the South of England and now works for 3rd Floor Wines. Mike is also an active educator at our WSET School London, teaching all levels up to the Level 4 Diploma in Wines.

Mike comments, “Without having the foundations of the WSET Diploma I would not have felt confident to embark on the MW programme. The Diploma provides a breadth and depth of knowledge which is of huge importance building the confidence to discuss the enormity of the wine world in a professional setting. The systematic approach to tasting is an important framework to calibrate your palate so that you can taste accurately and understand style and quality.

In this new batch of MWs, Tracey Dobbin MW (France), Heidi Hansen MW (Norway) and Annette Lacey MW (Australia) are also WSET Certified Educators. In addition, one of WSET/IWSC’s Future 50 – William Lowe MW - is also included on the list. Will is the Master Distiller and co-founder of Cambridge Distillery. These 16 new Masters of Wine come from nine different countries and take the total number of MWs worldwide to over 400 in 30 countries. Of these, six currently work for WSET: Victoria Burt MW, Lydia Harrison MW, Christine Marsiglio MW, Simon Milroy MW, Antony Moss MW, and David Wrigley MW.


With thanks to Lydia Harrison MW for sharing her photograph (taken at the MW Award ceremony 2019)