Weekly Wine Quiz #31 – Trentino-Alto Adige

Wednesday is wine quiz time on Vino in Love but before we get to the quiz, here are the answers from last week’s edition.

Answers For Wine Quiz #30

Q1: The Valtellina is famous for a red wine from partially dried grapes that undergo an appassimento process just like Amarone. Unlike most other passito wines this one is dry. What is the name of said wine?

A1: This wine actually goes by two names: Sfursat di Valtellina and Sfrozato di Valtellina

Q2: Do you know what the most widely planted grape variety in Lombardy is?

A2: Croatina. According to data from the Italian National Institute of Statistics, Croatina is planted in 16% of all Lombard vineyards. Followed by Pinot Nero (13%), Chardonnay (12%) and Barbera (11%).

I have to admit that I was quite surprised about this when I first red this on Unione Italiana Vini.

Q3: True or False: Nebbiolo is called Spanna in the Valtellina valley.

A3: False. Nebbiolo is known as Chiavennasca in the Valtellina. Spanna is the name for Nebbiolo in Novara, Piedmont.

Q4: Which one does not belong and why?

A) Lugana DOC

B) Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOC

C) Montecucco Bianco DOC

A4: Lugana DOC. Lugana is a white wine produced in the Veneto and in Lombardy, whereas Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Montecucco Bianco are Tuscan white wines.

Q5: Fill in the gaps:

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and ___ are the three grape varieties that are permitted for Franciacorta, a classic-method sparkling wine. Franciacorta has to age a minimum of ___ months on the lees. That is 3 months longer than the minimum-aging on the less for Champagne! Thanks to Franciacorta’s huge success and increasing national and international demand it was awarded DOCG status in ___, making it one of five Lombard DOCG wines.

A5: Pinot Bianco; 18; 1995.

Some have answered that Franciacorta has to age a minimum of 30 months on the lees. This is correct for vintage Franciacorta, so-called Millesimato, and so this answer is accepted, too, because it was my fault not clarifying that I wanted to know the minimum aging on the less of NV Franciacorta. Franciacorta Riserva has to age a minimum of 60 months on the lees.

We have no winner this week but Frank (Winetalks) and Anatoli (Talk-A-Vino) both answered 4 out 5 questions correctly. An honorable mention goes to Sean (No blog) and Suzanne (apuginthekitchen) for participating.

Wine Quiz #31 – Trentino-Alto Adige

On to this week’s quiz. We are continuing the Italian Regions theme and today we are focusing on Trentino-Alto Adige.

Trentino-Alto Adige is Italy’s northernmost region and since the 1970s it is made up of two autonomous provinces: Trentino and South Tyrol. The region borders Austria to the north and northeast, Switzerland to the northwest, Lombardy to west and Veneto to the south. Trentino is the regional capital city and home to the Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, one of Italy’s leading wine-making schools.


Vineyards in Val di Cembra. Photo by aurelio candido. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

With an annual wine production of roughly 1.2 million hectolitres, Trentino-Alto Adige accounts for just over 3% of Italy’s annual wine production. Due to the region’s geo-political situation its winemaking traditions, which can be traced back to ~1000 B.C., are heavily influenced by German-speaking countries – after all South Tyrol was part of Austria for nearly 600 years and only became a part of Italy in 1919. But language is not the only difference between Trentino and South Tyrol. Most wineries in South Tyrol are small, family-owned and their wines tend to of limited availability. In Trentino the situation is very different and there are many large cooperatives who focus less on quality and more on quantity. The cultural diversity of the region has led to a large number of different wines and the region’s portfolio includes everything from Champagne-like, classic-method sparklers to wines from autochthonous grapes like Lagrein and Schiava.

Without further due, here are this week’s questions.

Q1: True or False: Trento DOC is an appellation for white and rosé sparkling wines.

Q2: In South Tyrol, Schiava is the most important grape variety but in Trentino the situation is very different. Below is a list of four popular grape varieties grown in Trentino. Can you sort them from least-widely planted to most-widely planted?

wine quiz trentino-alto adige 31

Photo by Renato Lorini. License: CC BY-ND 2.0

A) Pinot Grigio

B) Chardonnay

C) Merlot

D) Müller Thurgau

Q3: The wine regions Trentino and South Tyrol are separated by a river. Do you know the name of said river? To your right is a picture of it.


Q4: Trentino-Alto Adige straddles on the 46th parallel north which it shares with a famous French wine region. What is the name of this particular wine region?

Q5: Fill in the gaps:

Trentino-Alto Adige is home to a highly aromatic grape called ___ that is named after the the village Termeno. Outside of Trentino-Alto Adige it is also grown with huge success in France, in particular in ___. This grape variety is responsible for some confusion in ___ where it was mistaken for the Portuguese variety Alvarinho until 2009.

Good luck everyone! Unlimited bragging rights are up for grabs again! The answers are coming next Wednesday together with the next edition of the wine quiz.

Two more things: A few days ago, I stumbled over this short video which promotes South Tyrolean wine and since it fits the topic I want to share it with you. Feel free to take a look at it and see the beauty of South Tyrol.

Last but not least, I want to point out that Vino in Love officillay launched its Facebook page on Monday. Make sure to like it and share it with your friends.




7 comments on “Weekly Wine Quiz #31 – Trentino-Alto Adige”

  1. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    Love the short introductions before the actual quiz.
    A1: True
    A2: B,C,A,D
    A3: Isn’t that the Adige?
    A4: ???
    A5: The grape is called Gewurztraminer. Did you know that we have excellent Gewurz in Canada (Lake Erie)?

    I hope I got some right.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for playing, Hannah! I haven’t tried any Canadian wines yet (Hard to come by in Munich) but I’ll definitely do so if the opportunity presents itself.

      P.S. Question 5 is “fill in the gaps” so you might want to reconsider your answer.

  2. Sean P. Reply

    Croatina? Huh? Would never have guessed that in a hundred times.

    1. True
    2.Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Muller Thurgau
    3. Adige
    4. Burgundy
    5. Gewurztraminer, Alsace, Australia

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Good work, Sean! My answers are coming on Wednesday. Regarding Croatina: The grape variety is mostly found in the Lombard province of Pavia but like I wrote in the post, I was quite surprised myself that Croatina is the most widely-planted grape variety in Lombardy.

  3. winetalks winetalks Reply

    I’m a little late to the party..

    1. That should be true
    2. B,A,D,C
    3. I assume you mean the Adige river?
    4. Burgundy!
    5. Gewurztraminer, Alsace, Austria

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