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2023 MW exam questions and wines revealed

2023 MW exam questions and wines revealed

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the exam questions from the 2023 MW exam, along with the list of wines from the practical (tasting) portion of the exam.

The complete list of wines can be found here, along with the accompanying questions. The questions from the theory component of the MW exam have also been published here.

Between 6 to 10 June, 137 students sat the exam in one of our three study centres around the world, in London, Napa and Adelaide.

The practical and theory exams form the second stage of the MW study programme. Over four days, students sat 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.

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

The first step is the stage one assessment, a one-day exam comprising a 12-wine blind tasting exam in the morning and a theory exam in the afternoon. 97 students sat the stage one assessment, which this year was held on 5 June. Students can only progress to stage two of the MW study programme by successfully passing this assessment.

The list of wines and questions used in this year’s stage one assessment can be found here.

Learn more about the MW exam and download research papers here.

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For more information contact:

Gurpreet Raulia
Marketing and Communications Officer
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9139

Notes to editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The IMW is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine. The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW exam, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the exam, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to uphold the highest standards of commercial conduct within the industry. Today, there are 414 Masters of Wine working in 31 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 349 students from 40 countries in the 2022-23 MW study programme. The IMW works with 36 supporters and three research and industry associates, who help promote the IMW’s mission. The five principal supporters are Austrian Wine, AXA Millésimes, Constellation Brands, the Madame Bollinger Foundation, and Waitrose and Partners.