Record numbers take the Master of Wine exam

08 Jun 14

A record number of students on three continents took the Master of Wine closed book Examination this week.

106 students sat the Practical and Theory exams in London, Sydney, and Napa.  The final exam, which took place on the morning of 07 June in all three centres, was followed by the traditional Champagne reception, provided by Institute Principal Supporter the Madame Bollinger Foundation.
John Hoskins MW, Chief Examiner for the Institute of Masters of Wine, said:
“We’re very proud of all the students who took the exam this week.  We sincerely hope that all their hard work will be rewarded when the results come out in September.  Those of us who have taken the examination will clearly remember the sense of relief and achievement that comes with the end of the final exam.”
Those who are successful in the closed book exams will go on to take the third part of the MW exam, the Research Paper, which gives candidates the opportunity to pursue individual research and take a deeper look at an area of personal interest related to the wine world.
Penny Richards, Executive Director of the Institute, said:
“The Institute is first and foremost a Membership organisation.  Passing the exam is just the first stage.  It’s the gateway to an immensely fulfilling life as a Master of Wine, with all the pleasure and benefit that come from being part of such a diverse global organisation.  We all saw the joy that our Members take in each other’s company at our Symposium in Florence last month, and we’re delighted that our student body are such a mutually supportive and committed group.  Whatever their results, we are sure that the journey through the Master of Wine Study Programme will have been a fulfilling one.”
The Institute has now released this year’s exam papers to the public.  You can view or download them by clicking on the link below.
Ends (08 June 2014)
For enquiries about this release please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131

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