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Research papers

The research paper (RP) forms the third part of the MW examination, and is written after students have passed the theory and practical papers. 

Candidates are able to propose wine-related topics from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences or any other discipline. Candidates also have the freedom to choose the way that they explore their topic, as long as it enables them to provide a rigorous interpretation of the subject and to make a contribution to the understanding of the world of wine. 

As these are exam papers, the Institute does not publish them but we are happy to allow anyone to read them. A paper will only be released after we receive assurances it won't be published or disseminated further. The RPs are listed below by year and by MW.

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September 2019

Julien Boulard MW

  • Exploring the potential of Marselan production in ChinaExploring the potential of Marselan production in China (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Thomas Curtius MW

  • Current opportunities and threats for ProWein, Vinexpo, Cinitaly and LWF. An investigation into ProWein exhibitors' attitudes towards European wine trade shows.

Dominic Farnsworth MW

  • The threats posed by government regulation to the sale of wine in the United Kingdom.

Lydia Harrison MW

  • Online wine education - comparing motivations, satisfactions and outcomes of online vs. classroom students 

Christine Marsiglio MW

  • The Sensory Effects of Different Lactic Acid Bacteria on Wine

Heidi Mäkinen MW

  • A critical assessment of Finnish on-trade wine education – satisfaction levels and opportunities for development and improvement
  • Portfolio management strategies of major Chinese wine importers: an analysis of the evolving mainland Chinese import market 2008-2018 (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Gus Jian Zhu MW

  • The Impact of Acidity Adjustments on the Sensory Perception of a Californian Chardonnay

February 2019

Edouard Baijot MW

  • Why and how Champagne producers should react to the development of English sparkling wine sales in the UK off-trade market 

Nicholas Jackson MW

  • Depictions of grapes, vines and wine in the work of four seventeenth-century English poets 

Brendan Jansen MW

  • How do winemakers in Australia make choices between traditional and innovative methods of oaking their wines? A qualitative study of cooperage decisions 

Jonas Röjerman MW

  • Evaluating the effect of training staff in wine knowledge at Systembolaget with regards to customer satisfaction ratings (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Harriet Tindal MW

  • Investigating the gender gap: A study into the career paths of the University of Adelaide’s oenology graduates between 1995 and 2015 

Jonas Tofterup MW

  • Travel shock! An investigation into the impact of air freight and road transport on an aged, full-bodied red wine 

September 2018

Almudena Alberca MW

  • Comparative analysis of filtration techniques for young oaked Tempranillo wines from Ribera del Duero (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Barbara Drew MW

  • The influence of vocabulary on perception of wine: tasting tannins in Barolo and Brunello

Olga Karapanou Crawford MW

  • Challenges and opportunities for selling wines in premium New York City restaurants made from niche grape varieties. Xinomavro is used as an example

Regine Lee MW 

  • The value of relationship building in the wine industry: an analysis of trade customer visits to producers and their impact on sales (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Elsa Macdonald MW

  • Consumer appeal of Appassimento wines produced in Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Thomas Parker MW

  • Stock movement for 2005 Red Bordeaux purchased En Primeur through a UK wine merchant 2006-2016

Lindsay Pomeroy MW

  • A study of water monitoring technology in the drought affected counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and San Diego: current usage, attitudes towards technologies and factors that influence adoption

Nicolas Quillé MW

  • Impact of selected fining agents on the phenolic content and the aromatic intensity of Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains

Job de Swart MW

  • Grape Compass: evaluating the results of a fungal disease pressure forecast software application for Western Cape grape growers (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Tim Triptree MW

  • Reserve wine use in Brut NV Champagne: trends, causes and implications (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)


March 2018

Cassidy Dart MW

  • The Swartland in transition; obscurity to recognition 2010-2016

Caroline Hermann MW

  • Assessing market potential for imported wine: a case study of the Washington D.C. metro market (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Simon Milroy MW

  • What are the attitudes and perceptions of Jurançon sec within the London independent off-trade and what is the potential for this style within this channel? (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Martin Reyes MW

  • Crowdsourced ratings for wine: exploring the rise of the consumer critic and its impact on purchasing behaviour in a USA retail environment


June 2017

Nova Cadamatre MW

  • Exploring the efficacy of different barrel cleaning procedures on Brettanomyces bruxellensis and Acetobacter spp populations and the relative financial and environmental benefits of each treatment

Julie Chéné Nyheim MW

  • Norwegian women’s attitudes to health and alcohol: their receptivity to “healthy” wine brands (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

Alistair Cooper MW

  • The Itata region in Chile: how have the region’s origins impacted its present? An assessment of the opportunities for development and investment in the region


Philip Harden MW

  • Did a bubble burst for Bordeaux Cru Classe prices in 2011? What might the future for prices hold?

Ashley Hausman Vaughters MW

  • What factor(s) caused a rise in Cabernet Sauvignon acreage throughout the Napa Valley from 1961-1976?

Sarah Heller MW

  • Purchasing cues of Millennial Chinese online wine consumers

Tim Jackson MW

  • Elementary consumer wine education: UK market size, characteristics and significance to the trade

Andreas Kubach MW

  • The use of long-term contracts in grape procurement – a study of current practices in the D.O. Ribera del Duero

Fernando Mora MW

  • Proposals for creating a revised wine quality classification in Denomination of Origin (DO) Campo de Borja, with recommendations for potential implementation in other DOs in Spain (NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

Aina Mee Myhre MW

  • Wines in PET bottles in the Norwegian monopoly market: a study of the top-sellers and the monopoly’s role in the sales of these wines (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

Billo Naravane MW

  • Anthocyanin Sequestration: Can Sulfur Dioxide be used proactively pre-fermentation to increase polymeric pigment formation in Oregon Pinot Noir and Washington Syrah

Catherine Petrie MW

  • Sancerre’s single vineyard wines versus formal cru classification systems: an investigation of Les Monts Damnés, Les Culs de Beaujeu, and Chêne Marchand

Nigel Sneyd MW

  • Observations on the sensory and chemical differences in dry white and rosé wines bottled and stored in clear glass and UV-protected clear glass

Morgan Twain-Peterson MW

  • A review of late 19th century planting practices in Californian vineyards and their relevance to today’s viticulture. A research paper based upon Bedrock Vineyard, planted in 1888


December 2016

Mark Andrew MW

  • Research Paper: How can dry Assyrtiko from Santorini establish itself as a recognised 'fine wine' in the eyes of London's premium on-trade? 

Jeremy Cukierman MW

  • Research Paper: The prospects for Syrah in the vineyards of Hermitage: A climate assessment in the Northern Rhône AOP

Emma Dawson MW

  • How did Lebanese wine emerge as a territorial wine brand in the 25 years that followed the civil war ending in 1990? Mistakes made and lessons learnt

David Forer MW

  • Research Paper: An analysis of the impact of declining farm labour immigration on vineyard operations in Sonoma and Napa counties over the last decade (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)


June 2016

Richard Ballantyne MW

  • Barolo - Is there an economic benefit in producing under a Cru Label Designation? If there is, what are the reasons?

Bree Stock MW

  • Prospects for Australian luxury wine growth among importers in key US markets.

Barbara Boyle MW

  • What is the effect of serving temperature on the sensory attributes of Tawny Port and Ruby Port?

Matt Deller MW

  • Coravin wine by the glass programs in the US restaurant market: effectiveness, functionality and marketing best practice.

Matthew Forster MW

  • The Colheita and Frasqueira Classifications: A Study of the Legal Framework and Key Themes in the Production of Vintage Madeira. (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

Sonal Holland MW

  • Awareness, attitude and usage of wine among SEC A urban Indian wine consumers.

Jeremy Lithgow MW

  • To what extent can the white wines of Saint-Aubin compete with the village-level whitewines of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet in the London independent wine retail sector?

Mary Margaret McCamic MW

  • An investigation into the exceptions for wine in the Volstead Act: What impact did these exceptions have on grape growing and wine production in Napa Valley during US Prohibition?

Iain Munson MW

  • Investigation into the increased sales of Picpoul de Pinet in the UK on and off trade between 2010-2015. (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

Mick O’Connell MW

  • An investigation into the attitudes of UK independent wine merchants towards the wines of Sardinia.

Mark Pygott MW

  • Has climate change occurred in the Barossa Valley over the last 50 years and if so, howhave vine growers adapted to any changes.

Ana-Emilia Sapungiu MW

  • What is the current and future role of wine agencies in the UK multiple off trade? 

Fongyee Walker MW

  • A Comparative Study of Winter Vine Burial Practices in Ningxia and Hebei (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

December 2015

Ivan Barbic MW 

  • An assessment of the sensorial, economic and analytical impacts of fining agents without allergen compounds on a commercially important red wine on the Swiss Market.

Eran Pick MW 

  • The quantification of the variability of Mesoclimates among important vineyard regions in Israel. 

Jan Schwarzenbach MW

  • Buying behaviour of multi-channel retail wine consumers in Switzerland in store and online - using the market leader Coop as an example. (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

Lenka Sedlackova MW

  • An evaluation of the market position of Reserva and Gran Reserva Cava in the London On and Off-trade. (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

Stephen Wong MW 

  • The coincidence of a global financial crisis and oversupply - an analysis of Marlborough's controversial 2008 vintage and its consequences.


June 2015

Marcus Ansems MW

  • The effects of the late season (Autumn/Fall) frost on Okanagan Valley Syrah (Shiraz) grape on table wine composition, utilising chemical and descriptive analysis.

Mollie Battenhouse MW 

  • Attitudes of the NYC Wine Trade towards Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc. 

Konstantin Baum MW

  • Digital direct marketing for premium wineries in Germany: current use and future potential.

Victoria Burt MW 

  • Does glassware have an impact on the sensory perception of Champagne? An investigation into the relative influences of physico-chemical and psychological processes in the sensory perception of two Pinot Noir-dominant Brut NV champagnes.

Wendy Cameron MW

  • A comparison of three bentonites in Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc: an Australian winery study.

Lynne Coyle MW 

  • Ingredient labelling on wine: an investigation into Irish consumer attitudes. 

Dawn Davies MW

  • Anthropological case study into the motivation behind wine gifting in a premium retail environment. 

Romana Echensperger MW

  • Does premium Franconian Silvaner (PFS) have enough sustainable advantages and producer support to justify its expensive vineyard plantings in the future? 

Rebecca Gibb MW 

  • Were the causes of the 1911 Champagne riots essentially economic? 

Richard Hemming MW

  • How have trends in the publication of consumer wine books changed since 1914, and how does this inform their present prospects?

Yiannis Karakasis MW

  • Reasons for the rise in alcohol levels in Naoussa PDO wines. 

Sarah Knowles MW 

  • What is the relative importance when using a member's (amateur's) positive review versus an expert's positive review on sales within The Wine Society? (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)

Eugene Mlynczyk MW

  • An assessment of Retailer and Sommelier attitudes toward VQA Sparkling Wine in Ontario. 

Kenichi Ohashi MW

  • Wine lists in quality sushi restaurants in Tokyo: the status quo and opportunities for change.

Andrea Pritzker MW

  • The Australian fine wine consumer online: involvement, characteristics, motivation and associated behaviour in the fine wine off-premise wine market. 

Janek Schumann MW

  • Back to the Future: determination of Superior Parcels within a VDP.Grosse Lage through a comparison of historical sources with current scientific measures.

Emma Symington MW 

  • An investigation into how UK bricks and mortar independent wine merchants use websites to complement their retail shops.  

Ying Tan MW 

  • Clos de la Roche: the creation of a Grand Cru. 

Taina Vilkuna MW 

  • The effect on consumer purchasing decisions of profiling wines by the Finnish alcohol monopoly Alko's flavour types. (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL/SENSITIVE DATA)