Ready to test your knowledge of the Italian grape sauce? Or are you just looking for a fun way to put off working? Either way, take this Italian wine quiz! Answers are at the end.
1. Chianti is made from:
a. Mostly Sangiovese, and a smaller percentage of other local varieties like Canaiolo, Colorino and Ciliegiolo as well as some international grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon.
b. The Chianti grape
c. Sangiovese grapes only
d. Mostly Merlot.
2. The most widely planted white grape in Italy is:
c. Moscato Bianco
3. Cannonau, a grape commonly grown in Sardegna, is known also as what French grape variety?
b. Cabernet French
4. True or False? All 20 regions in Italy make wine.
6. Primitivo, a grape from the south of Italy, is also grown in the USA. What is it known as in America?
a. Two Buck Chuck
d. the house red
7. True or False? The Ancient Romans were so fond of wine that they had to actually rip out plants in order to have space to grow food at a certain point.
8. Barolo, a killer wine from Piedmont, is made of which grape?
c. the Barolo grape, duh!
d. Cabernet Sauvignon
9. Why do some Chianti’s come in that straw basket called a “fiasco”?
a. It prevents the wine from getting too hot.
b. It’s purely decoration now though in the past it was necessary because the traditional bottle of the area had a round bottom.
c. To hide sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
d. Due to organized crime’s hand in the straw basket industry.
10. Why did wine growing take awhile to start elsewhere in Europe after Italy?
a. The climate was bad everywhere else.
b. Grapes couldn’t grow outside of Italy.
c. The Romans heavily controlled who could grow grapes for wine-making.
12. What is a dry sparkling wine made from the Glera grape in Valdobbiadene?
13. Which is NOT a region in Italy?
c. Barossa Valley
14. What spirit can be made from the skins and pits of a number of grape varieties and wines?
15. Who along with Italy is in the Top Two Wine Producers (in terms of volume) each year?
16. Which Italian region is famous for its fortified wine Marsala?
17. Amarone della Valpolicella (a dry wine) and Recioto della Valpolicella (a sweet wine) are both made by letting the grapes dry out before fermentation. In Italy this method or type of wine created is called
a. Raisin Bran
d. Both B and C
18. A sparkling wine such as Franciacorta will say “Metodo Classico” on the label. What does this mean?
a. That the wine is meant to be drank along with classical music.
b. The wine was imported from France.
c. The wine was made by monks.
d. The wine was bottle-fermented, as they also do in Champagne in France.
19. Which is NOT an official designation for wine in Italy?
a. DOC- denominazione di origine controllata
b. DOCG- denominazione di origine controllata e garantita
c. IGT- Indicazione geografica tipica
d. VV- Vino Velenato
20. Which of the following grape varieties not native to Italy is NOT grown in Italy?
c. Sauvignon Blanc
d. These are all grown in Italy
1.a – Recent revisions to laws have allowed Chianti region wineries to include international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon but many Chianti purists stick to the approved local varieties.
2. d – Trebbiano
3. c – Grenache, widely found in Southern Rhone wines
4. a – True!
5. a – Veneto. Soave is a designated area and is a wine primarily made of the Garganega grape variety.
6. c – Zinfandel. There is still a lot of debate on the DNA identity of these two grapes however. Are Zin and Primitivo genetically identical? Turns out they might be closely related but not exactly the same grape afterall… In any case, they are both probably of Croatian origins!
7. a – True!
8. a – Nebbiolo. A Barolo is 100% of this grape.
9. b – originally because the glass-blown bottles had a rounded bottom, but now the fiasco is used purely out of tradition, serving no real function and is usually associated with lower quality and more “touristy” Chianti wines. You can see this traditional straw basket on Chianti bottles in paintings from as far back as the 16th century!
10. c – After all, wine was a valuable commodity!
11. d – All of the above
12. a – Prosecco
13. c – Barossa Valley is region in Australia famous for its Shiraz wines.
14. d – Grappa, made from the dregs of wine
15. a – France. France and Italy alternate for the #1 spot in terms of most wine produced every year.
16. d – Sicily. Marsala is made from Grillo, Inzolia, and Cataratto grapes.
17. d – both B and C. Passito refers to the style of wine and Rasinate refers to the method of letting the grapes dry.
18. d – the wine has its second fermentation (the one that causes the bubbles to get trapped in the wine) inside a bottle, versus in a large steel tank.
19. d – “Vino Velenato” literally means “Poisoned Wine” 😉
20. d – All of the mentioned varieties are grown in Italy. Sauvignon Blanc is often labeled as simply “Sauvignon”.