Curious about the Master of Wine qualification?

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Passing my Master of Wine exam had a huge impact on my life. It significantly raised my status and credibility as a wine professional, provided contact with an international network of wine experts and gave me access to many resources for my own continued wine education.

When I sat the exam in 1990 it seemed like an impossible goal. At that time there was no study program in New Zealand, I had to sit the exam in London and while I had the support of a few MW friends I was daunted by the challenge, particularly the three practical wine tastings.

Sitting the exam and meeting other students was a stimulating experience. I was among people who felt as passionate about wine as I did. I didn’t hold out any hope that I would pass the exam but resolved to repeat the experience the following year. As luck would have it I passed at my first attempt. When I learned the good news my first thought was “… but I fudged the vine-spacing question.”

Today the Master of Wine exam is more defined and has greater resources, including study groups and mentoring, to help candidates tackle what is still a formidable exam.

If you’ve ever considered studying for the MW or simply wonder what it is all about, the Institute of Masters of Wine Head of Study Programme and Development, Oliver Chapman, will be running three information sessions in New Zealand and Australia this month. The session will provide in-depth information about the MW Study Programme including entrance requirements, programme structure and assessment information, fee information as well as an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the programme from Oliver and local MWs.

Dates as follows:

  • Auckland, 14 November at 4.30pm
  • Blenheim, 15 November at 2.00pm
  • Wellington, 17 November at 1.30pm
  • Adelaide, 20 November at 6pm

For more information, go to the Master of Wine website events page.

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