Napa Valley and Aratas Wine welcomed the world’s Masters of Wine as they embarked upon the 2018 Institute of Masters of Wine “Tour of California”, a 9 day immersive wine tour of California’s finest wine regions. The educational trip included a fall walk through America’s most prestigious region north of the bay. This immersion experience was hailed as the Institutes most comprehensive trip ever to the Golden State. The remarkable journey welcoming Master of Wine from around the globe. The food and wine tour wound its way north from LA through the vineyards of Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Monterey and Sonoma before culminating with an in-depth sip to savor with vintners in the Napa Valley.
Aratas Wine was honored to have been selected to toast 50 of the worlds Masters of Wine with none other than a glass of unique Petite at the finale’ dinner. Themed “Unexpected Napa Valley”, the special guests were introduced to some of the valleys most rare and unique wines.
The Institute of Masters of Wine is a professional body with an unsurpassed international reputation. The esteemed members, Masters of Wine (MWs), hold the most respected title in the world of wine. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine (MW) examination, recognized worldwide for its rigor and high standards.
In addition to passing the examination, MWs are required to sign a code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The code of conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity and to use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others.
There are 370 Masters of Wine today, working in 28 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. Currently there are over 350 students, from 40 countries, in the MW study program. We are honored to welcome 50 of these distinguished guests to our home. To learn more about the Institute of Masters of Wine visit www.MastersofWine.org