THE INSTITUTE OF MASTERS OF WINE.
The Institute of Masters of Wine is a professional body with an unsurpassed international reputation. Our Members, Masters of Wine (MWs), hold the most respected title in the world of wine. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine (MW) Examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards.
In addition to passing the Examination, MWs are required to sign the Code of Conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The Code of Conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others.
There are 370 Masters of Wine today, working in 28 countries. The Membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are over 320 students, from 36 countries, in the MW Study Programme.
The Institute promotes excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. We run courses, events and examinations on four continents. A record number of students took the MW Examination this year, in three cities round the world.
THE MASTER OF WINE EXAMINATION IS CONSIDERED THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE WORLD FOR THE WINE INDUSTRY.
The Master of Wine qualification is achieved by passing three examinations:
- A Theory examination which comprises five three-hour question papers on viticulture, vinification and pre-bottling procedures, the handling of wine, the business of wine, and contemporary issues.
- A Practical examination which comprises three 12-wine blind tastings, each lasting two and a quarter hours, in which wines must be assessed for variety, origin, winemaking, quality and style.
- The Research Paper is an individual project on a topic chosen by the candidate, resulting in a piece of work of between 6,000 and 10,000 words.
- Only after successfully passing all three elements of the Exam is someone eligible for membership of the Institute. It is membership of the Institute and abiding by its Code of Conduct that confers the right to the qualification Master of Wine and use of the title, or its abbreviated form (MW) after their name.