Covid claims IMW symposium 2022

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) and Wine Australia have regretfully decided that the 10th IMW international symposium cannot be held in Australia in 2022, according to a news release. IMW Executive Director Adrian Garforth MW said the ongoing uncertainty around international travel made it too problematic to plan the event confidently. Hence, the difficult decision to defer the event.

“We will look at the possibility of holding an alternative event in 2023, but we need to consider our options carefully in light of the ongoing pandemic,” Garforth said.

While understanding the challenges, Wine Australia CEO, Andreas Clark expressed his disappointment that the event — which was announced at the close of the 2018 IMW symposium — was being deferred. Nonetheless, he said they would retain the right to bid for Australia to host the 2026 IMW symposium, confident that by the time decisions had to be made, travel options would be much clearer as would health regulations.

Recognising the IMW’s importance as a key partner within the international wine community, Clark said, “Wine Australia would become a major supporter of the IMW for a five-year term.”

“We are delighted to welcome Wine Australia into the IMW family of supporters. This long-term agreement will build upon the relationship developed over the last two years and should pave the way towards an exceptional event in 2026,” noted Garforth.