2021 MW Exam Questions and Wines Revealed

The Institute of Masters of Wine has just published the questions from the 2021 MW exam, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part of the exam.

The complete list of wines can be found here: https://www.mastersofwine.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/IMW-MW-Exam-2021.pdf  The list also shows the questions from the theory component of the MW exam.

From August 31 to September 3 106 students sat the theory and practical exams in Adelaide, Helsinki, London, Malaga, Napa, Ontario and Singapore. The exam, usually held in June each year, was postponed to September due to the pandemic.

The practical and theory exams form the second stage of the MW study programme. 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.

Those who successfully pass the stage two theory and practical exams will progress to stage three, the research paper, the final stage of the MW study programme.

The first step is the stage one assessment, a one-day exam comprising a 12-wine blind tasting exam in the morning and a theory exam in the afternoon. One hundred and twenty-eight students sat the stage one assessment, which this year was held online on 4 August. Students can only progress to stage two of the MW study programme by successfully passing this assessment.

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Portuguese Wine Exports Increase H1

Exports of Portuguese wines increased by 14.5 % in volume and 19.3 % in value, during the first six months of 2021, reaching almost €436 million.

“Portuguese wine exports had very positive behavior in the first half of 2021, registering a remarkable increase, both in value and in quantity, when compared to the same period of 2020: 14.5 % in volume, 19.3 % in value and 4.2 % in average price”, stated the Ministry of Agriculture.

Between January and June, Portuguese wine exports stood at €435.6 million, €70.5 million more than last year.

With regards to the community market, exports advanced 14.6 % in volume and 19 % in value in the first half of the year, while the average price grew by 3.8 %.

In turn, exports to third countries increased 14.4 % in volume and 19.6 % in value until June, compared to the same period in 2020.

France, United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and Germany were the most important markets during this period.

According to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), quoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, the agri-food complex grew 8.4 % in the first semester, compared to the same period of 2020.

“This is another sign of the sector’s resilience and capacity to adapt to the situation of a serious health crisis that we are still going through. The Ministry of Agriculture has always been on the side of producers and companies, with the necessary measures to guarantee predictability and stability in this period of greater uncertainty”, said the Minister of Agriculture, Maria do Céu Antunes.

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The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced three new Masters of Wine

The new members of the IMW are of three different nationalities, based in two countries. A special congratulations to Claire Blackler MW (UK), Michael Henley MW (New Zealand) and Siobhan Turner MW (UK).

Currently, there are 419 MWs globally, with 268 men and 151 women living and/or working in 31 countries.

The MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine exam, recognized worldwide for its rigour and high standards.

About the Exam

The MW exam consists of three parts: the theory and practical exams taken at the end of stage two and the research paper submitted at the end of stage three. The RP is an in-depth study on a wine-related topic from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, or social sciences. Only when an individual passes the third RP stage of the MW exam do they become a Master of Wine.

In addition to passing the exam, and before new members have the right to use the title Master of Wine or initials MW, they must sign the IMW’s code of conduct. By signing the code of conduct, MWs agree to act with honesty, integrity and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others.

The stage two theory and practical exams were cancelled in 2020 and postponed earlier this year. They will now take place in seven venues across the globe from 31 August to 3 September 2021. Candidates who pass this part of the MW exam will move to the final RP stage later in the year.

The top countries where MWs are based around the world are Australia (28), Canada (10), France (18), Germany (10), New Zealand (16), the UK (209) and US (57).

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Top 10 Countries that Imported Wine In 2020

The top 10 import countries of wine under the HS code 2204 are United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, China, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, and Belgium.

Ranking Top 10 import countries of wine for 2020

United States: US$ 5,884 million
United Kingdom: US$ 4,397 million
Germany: US$ 2,949 million
Canada: US$ 1,974 million
China: US$ 1,827 million
Japan: US$ 1,566 million
Netherlands: US$ 1,482 million
Switzerland: US$ 1,240 million
Russia: US$ 1,093 million
Belgium: US$ 1,050 million

Source Garay Company

 

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