MW exam 2017: the questions asked

Having featured the wines from this year’s Master of Wine exam, now we bring you the questions that were put to candidates in the ‘Theory’ part of the exam.

Each MW student must pass five essay-based papers – referred to as the Theory element

Along with the three ‘Practical’ blind wine tasting papers faced by the candidates, each MW student must pass five essay-based papers – referred to as the Theory element – covering viticulture and winemaking, as well as contemporary issues and the business of wine.

Each of these Theory papers lasts three hours and requires the candidate to write three essays, except for the final paper, where you only have to answer two questions.

The exam lasts four days, with the first three mornings taken up with the tastings, and afternoons with the theory papers, while the final day comprises the last two theory exams, Papers 4 and 5.

Don’t be deceived into thinking that some of the questions are easy, as every answer must be clearly structured, while each point made in the essay needs to be supported by an example employing accurate facts. Furthermore, these supporting case studies must cover a wide range of countries and wine types, proving to the examiner that you have a truly global knowledge of wine making, handling and retailing.

As reported yesterday, over 150 students sat the exams last week in three parts of the world – tests were held in London, San Francisco and Sydney – from 6 June to 9 June.

The questions from the Theory exam can be viewed over the following pages, while the wines in the Practical Paper can be seen here.

One Response to “MW exam 2017: the questions asked”

  1. Neil Tully MW says:

    On a point of detail here, Theory Paper 3 is two hours’ duration, and two questions only to be answered.
    Just for the sake of good order.

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