The theory papers

The theory papers form one of the three parts of the full Master of Wine examination. The other two parts are the practical papers, and the RP.

The theory papers and the practical papers together are known as the 'closed book' part of the examination. They are taken by students during examination week, which is usually in early June, at one of the Institute's three examination centres - London, Napa, and Sydney. Five papers make up the theory examination:
 

Paper 1 - viticulture

Examines candidates' knowledge and understanding of viticulture up to the completion of the harvest and grape transportation.
 

Paper 2 - vinification and pre-bottling procedures

Examines candidates' knowledge and understanding of vinification of still, sparkling and fortified wines from arrival of grapes at a winery to the finished wines, ready for preparation for bottling. 


Paper 3 - handling of wine

Examines candidates’ knowledge and understanding of quality assurance, quality control, packaging, transport and legal requirements.


Paper 4 - the business of wine

Examines candidates’ knowledge and understanding of current financial, commercial and marketing aspects of the international wine industry.


Paper 5 - contemporary issues

Examines candidates’ ability to demonstrate communication skills, individual insights, and knowledge by writing in depth on subjects that are of relevance to today’s wine industry.