The International Wine Academy is a subsidiary of the Meininger Verlag publishing house in Neustadt an der Weinstraße in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The publishing house, which is managed in the fourth generation, is one of Germany's oldest specialist publishers. It specialises in wine and beverage publications for different target groups. The Wine Academy was founded in 2001 with the aim of bringing wine in all its facets closer to both consumers and professionals and also to give it a corresponding quality orientation. It consists of four building blocks:
1) The MUNDUSvini Great International Wine Award has become one of the most renowned wine competitions in the world. The wine prize takes place every year in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. Within two weeks, around 180 international wine professionals taste more than 4,000 wines from all over the world. 2) The International Spirits Competition ISW stands for a professional tasting event for spirits of all kinds. 3) Professionally organised wine seminars under the name MUNDUSvini take place in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. Different seminars appeal to both wine connoisseurs and those who are professionally involved with wine. The range of seminars extends from topics such as sensory analysis, which offers the perfect introduction to the world of wine, to red and white wine and special topics such as Bordeaux and cult wines. 4) The International Wine Academy organises trips to typical wine regions at regular intervals. But also wine countries that are still in the process of being established, such as China, are the destination of an interesting study trip.