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Caro Maurer is the first woman in the German-speaking world to have achieved the Master of Wine title: a brief biography, a report of self-awareness and interesting facts about the Institute Masters of Wine.

Caro Maurer

She belongs to one of the most exclusive circles in the world: Caro Maurer, journalist from Bonn, has been Master of Wine (MW) since September 2011. She was awarded the title by the Institute Masters of Wine after successfully completing all theoretical and practical exams and a scientific dissertation. The Noval Award from Quinta do Noval (Douro) went to her for the best dissertation, which was titled “Erste Lage in Germany – a Classification in Development”.


After collecting experience as correspondent in New York and Los Angeles, Caro Maurer worked as copy editor for the German edition of the economic magazine “Forbes” and for the daily newspaper “Die Welt”. She was responsible for the lifestyle sector of both publications. For nearly 25 years, she has specialized in food and wine. She now writes for the “General-Anzeiger” in Bonn, the magazine “Der Feinschmecker”, and “Decanter” magazine. She teaches about wine for the WSET Diploma in Germany, Austria, Italy and Norway and is also involved in education at the Institute Masters of Wine. She also chairs wine tasting and seminars, for example for the VDP, Wine Australia and Wines of New Zealand. She is also a jury member for international wine competitions and is a panel chair at the Decanter WWA in London.




Bacchus Prize

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WSET Outstanding Alumni Award 2019

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Educator of the Year Weinakademie Österreich 2019

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Media Award of Wines of Portugal 2016

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Quinta do Noval Award for the best dissertation in the IMW exam 2011

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Constellation Award for the best Stage 1 Assessment at the IMW 2009

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Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute Masters of Wine (IMW), which awards the title Master of Wine (MW), was established in London in 1955. The idea was to create a verifiable qualification for excellent and complex wine knowledge through study and examinations.


The qualification was originally reserved exclusively for British wine merchants. The renowned English wine critic Jancis Robinson became the first Master of Wine from outside the wine trade in 1984. Michael Hill Smith, from Australia, was the first non-British citizen to pass the exams and become an MW in 1988. In 1996, the Baden vintner, Jürgen Van der Mark became the first German to achieve the title.


Caro Maurer became the first woman in the German-speaking world to have the privilege of adding the abbreviation MW to the end of her name. There are currently 409 Masters of Wine from 30 different countries. The MW title is considered the most prestigious qualification in the world of wine.


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In the vineyard, in the cellar, while tasting: my work in pictures.

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