Master of Wine
Matthew left university with a language and business degree and and now has 30 years experience in the wine trade. He passed the Master of Wine exam in 1996 achieving the Bollinger Medal for the best tasting paper and the Listel Scholarship for the best Vinification paper. He has been actively involved with the Institute ever since, either as Practical Examiner, seminar lecturer or mentor. He is currently one of 368 people in the world to hold this prestigious qualification. Matthew has worked in all aspects of the wine trade : importer, distributor and retailer, and was for 3 years Head of Wine for Safeway one of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains. After years of buying and selling wine in the UK he moved to France to set up a consultancy business. He travelled extensively to source wines for clients from all over Europe and the Americas. In July 2008 he set up Vinécole, a wine education company based in the UK and France. He now uses his extensive experience and knowledge to teach and inspire others around the world to enjoy the quality and diversity of this wonderful product.