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RESEARCH PAPERS

Candidates must pass all three elements of the MW exam in order to become a Master of Wine – first the practical papers and theory papers, then finally the research paper (the RP). 

Here you will find the latest RPs on a variety of topics which have been written, marked and passed. 

The topics cover almost every facet of the world of wine, from the causes of the 1911 Champagne riots to wine in 17th Century English poetry to more technical aspects of viticulture and wine production. 

The aim of the RP is to examine whether a candidate possesses the required set of research, analytical, and communication skills to deliver an in-depth study report comparable to a professional piece of work commissioned by any member of the global wine community.

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Anyone can read an RP, you don’t have to be an MW, MW student or even in the wine trade. As these are exam papers, the IMW does not publish them, but a paper can be released to you after the IMW receives assurances that it won’t be published or disseminated further. However, some RPs are not available for reasons of commercial sensitivity. To download an RP, select the paper(s) you would like to read and agree to the terms and conditions.

2020 RPs

An investigation into the challenges faced by the Prosecco DOC producers since 2010 (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Nick Bielak MW

Examining the impact of market visits by winery principals on brand performance in the premium on-trade channel in Dubai (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Beans Boughton MW

Land and winery ownership in Napa Valley from 1998-2018: historical, legal, and economic factors affecting vineyards and wineries and the resulting current opportunities and limitations for ownership (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Vanessa Conlin MW

Wine distributors’ views regarding the current and future status of the restaurant supply chain in Finland (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Pasi Ketolainen MW

Grapevine leafroll virus crisis in Israel. How has the industry been affected and what is it doing to combat the disease? (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Ido Lewinsohn MW

Cahors AOC hierarchisation project, a case study from 1991 to 2019 (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Lin Liu MW

California consumer understanding and preference for US Chardonnay styles (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Curtis Mann MW

An investigation into the chemical and sensory elements in the use of specific inactivated yeast in bulk-shipped Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Ray O’Connor MW

An investigation into the challenges faced by the Prosecco DOC producers since 2010 (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Nick Bielak MW

Examining the impact of market visits by winery principals on brand performance in the premium on-trade channel in Dubai (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Beans Boughton MW

Land and winery ownership in Napa Valley from 1998-2018: historical, legal, and economic factors affecting vineyards and wineries and the resulting current opportunities and limitations for ownership (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Vanessa Conlin MW

Wine distributors’ views regarding the current and future status of the restaurant supply chain in Finland (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Pasi Ketolainen MW

Grapevine leafroll virus crisis in Israel. How has the industry been affected and what is it doing to combat the disease? (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Ido Lewinsohn MW

Cahors AOC hierarchisation project, a case study from 1991 to 2019 (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Lin Liu MW

California consumer understanding and preference for US Chardonnay styles (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Curtis Mann MW

An investigation into the chemical and sensory elements in the use of specific inactivated yeast in bulk-shipped Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Ray O’Connor MW

2019 RPs

Online wine education – comparing motivations, satisfactions and outcomes of online vs. classroom students (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Lydia Harrison 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)

Jonas Röjerman MW

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

Julien Boulard MW

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)

Edward Ragg MW

Online wine education – comparing motivations, satisfactions and outcomes of online vs. classroom students (RP NOT AVAILABLE FOR DISSEMINATION DUE TO COMMERCIAL / SENSITIVE DATA)

Lydia Harrison MW

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

Julien Boulard 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)

Jonas Röjerman MW

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)

Edward Ragg MW

2018 RPs

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

Almudena Alberca 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)

Regine Lee 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)

Job de Swart 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)

Caroline Hermann 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)

Simon Milroy MW

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

Tim Triptree 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)

Almudena Alberca 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)

Caroline Hermann 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)

Regine Lee 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)

Simon Milroy 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)

Job de Swart MW

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

Tim Triptree MW

2017 RPs

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

Julie Chéné Nyheim 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)

Fernando Mora

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

Julie Chéné Nyheim MW

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)

David Forer 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)

Fernando Mora

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)

Aina Mee Myhre MW

2016 RPs

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)

Matthew Forster 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)

Jan Schwarzenbach MW

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

Fongyee Walker 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)

Matthew Forster 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)

Iain Munson 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)

Jan Schwarzenbach 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)

Lenka Sedlackova MW 

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

Fongyee Walker MW

2015 RPs

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)

Sarah Knowles 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)  

Taina Vilkuna MW

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RESEARCH PAPER UNAVAILABLE

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