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Wine India Moves: Holland to London for MW

Posted: Monday, 11 October 2010 11:53

Wine India Moves: Holland to London for MW

Joining the race to become the first Master of Wine from India, Mumbai based Sonal Holland has been accepted into the first year MW Education Program, ensuring herself as the first woman MW from India if and when she completes the programme successfully. 

Sharing the news with delWine, an excited Sonal who runs Sonal Holland Wine Academy in Mumbai, says, ‘I am delighted to begin my journey towards attaining the Master of Wine qualification.’

"It is good that you have chosen the academic route to pursue a career in wine. Your aim should be to be a Master of Wine (MW) which is a tough qualification to achieve but in the end, it will be worth all the pain and effort," was the advice given to her by Subhash Arora, says Holland in an email  message to him in which she reminisces about, ‘your advice to me when we sat at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai sipping coffee at the Shamiana restaurant some two and a half years ago. I remember feeling inspired and very encouraged by your words.’

Sonal finished her Advanced Diploma a few months back. We wish her luck in being the first Indian to achieve the coveted ‘title’ and encourage young wine professionals from India to target an Advance Diploma from WSET and then pursue the tough and possibly frustrating, but highly rewarding MW programme for the successful few. She would, in all likelihood be the first Indian woman to become an MW if and when she finishes the programme successfully. She is the first Indian woman to join the programme.

Those of our readers who like to become an MW would be interested to visit the article by John Salvi MW at

For the list of present MWs, visit



Sonal Holland Says:

Hi Somrasiya, in response to your query. WSET has 4 levels. Level 1 is Foundation Certificate and Level 2 is Intermediate Cert, both of which are elementary. Level 3 is Advanced Certificate which involved tasting and theory papers. Level 4 is the Diploma which is a 2 year course, gets tougher and involved intensive blind tasting exams and multiple theory exams. The Diploma is considered a stepping stone to the MW educational program as the sylabus and format on the Diploma emulates to some extent the MW format. Hope this clarifies. Cheers, Sonal Holland

Posted @ October 13, 2010 12:30


Ron Andes MV Says:

Great to see more and more professionals in the trade! Ron Andes MV from Holland!

Posted @ October 12, 2010 12:05


Subhash Arora Says:

WSET has 4 levels- after which they would generally consider enrolling someone for the MW classification. Level1 and 2 are pretty elementary. Level 3 is Diploma that requires good amount of tasting. Level 4 is Advanced Diploma and is an excellent qualification to have and is doable unlike MW which is never guaranteed and is thus becoming increasingly prestigious. Arora

Posted @ October 12, 2010 11:55


Somrasiya Says:

Advanced and Diploma are two different courses or one?

Posted @ October 12, 2010 11:48


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