2019 MW examination questions and wines revealed

17 Jun 19

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the questions from the 2019 MW examination, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part of the examination.

The full list of wines can be found here, along with the accompanying questions. The list also shows the questions from the theory component of the MW exam.

From 3 June to 7 June 160 students sat the theory and practical exams in London, San Francisco and Adelaide. Over four days students had three 12-wine blind practical papers and five theory papers on the subjects of viticulture; vinification and pre-bottling procedures; handling of wines; the business of wine; and contemporary issues.

The practical and theory exams form the second stage of the MW study programme. The first step is the stage 1 assessment, a one-day examination comprising a 12-wine blind tasting exam in the morning and a theory exam in the afternoon. Over 110 students sat the stage 1 assessment in London, San Francisco and Adelaide on 2 and 3 June. Students can only progress to stage 2 of the MW study programme by successfully passing this assessment.

The list of wines and questions used in the stage 1 assessment can be found here.

Those who successfully pass the stage 2 theory and practical exams will progress to stage 3, the research paper, the final stage of the MW study programme.


For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131

Notes to Editors:
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an unsurpassed international reputation. Its Members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – hold the most respected title in the world of wine. The IMW promotes excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards. In addition to passing the examination, MWs are required to sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The code of conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others. There are currently 382 Masters of Wine today, working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are 359 students in the MW study programme from over 45 countries.

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