See the questions and wines from this year’s Master of Wine exam

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Want to see what this year’s students had to contend with in the Master of Wine examination? Look no further, as we bring you the questions and wines from 2019’s ordeal.

Revealed by the IMW this morning was this year’s Master of Wine papers, which cover both a ‘theory’ essay-writing element and a ‘practical’ exam, which comprises three 12-wine blind tastings, held over consecutive mornings.

The famously difficult test was held from 3 June to 7 June, with 160 students sitting the exam across three sites: 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.
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.

The papers can be viewed on the following pages, starting with the practical assessment.


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