Weekly Wine Quiz #34 – Veneto

Usually, Wednesday is wine quiz time on Vino in Love and I had intended to post this yesterday but somehow things got in-between and so it’s a day late. Before we get to the quiz, here are the answers from last edition.

Q1: Roughly how much Aosta Valley wine is produced by cooperative wineries?

A) 25%

B) 50%

C) 75%

D) 100%

A1: C) 75%

Q2: How many DOCG titles does the Aosta Valley have?

A2: None. The Aosta Valley only has one DOC title.

Q3: True or False: The Aosta Valley’s annual wine production is lower than the one of Piedmont.

A3: True.

Q4: Which one does not belong and why?

A) Nus

B) Chambave

C) Torrette

D) Bussia

A4: Nus, Chambave and Torrette are subregions of the Aosta Valley. Bussia is a subregion of Barolo.

Q5: Fill in the gaps:

The Aosta Valley is Italy’s smallest wine-producing region with an annual production of ___ cases.

Less than ___ quarter(s) of Aosta Valley wine qualifies for DOC status.

Prie Blanc is an autochthonous white grape variety from the Aosta Valley. More than 95% of the world’s Prie Blanc is grown around the village of ___.

A5: 36.000, 1, Morgex

With Andy we have one winner this week. Congratulations! Enjoy your bragging rights. An honorable mention goes to Frank (Winetalks) and Sean (No Blog) for participating.

The Aosta Valley is probably Italy’s least known wine region and so it did not surprise me that participation was rather low compared with wine quiz #32.

Weekly Wine Quiz #34

On to this week’s quiz. We are continuing the Italian Regions theme and today we are focusing on Veneto, which is located in the north-eastern part of Italy. The region borders Austria to the north, Friuli-Venezia Giulia to the east, Lombardy to the west and Emilia-Romagna to the south. The Po Valley extends through a large portion of Veneto and stretches from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea but the Po is not the only major river that flows through Veneto – Adige and Piave to name just two more.

Veneto is one of Italy’s most important wine-growing regions and it is highly diverse. Styles range from dry sparkling wines to sweet full-bodied reds. The Valpolicella, Colli Euganei, Valdobbiadene and Soave all produce unique wines. Wine and fine cuisine play a major role in the Venetian culture and many of the local dishes and wines can be found abroad. More than 90.0000 hectares of vineyards cover the Venetian landscape and it is estimated that the annual local wine production is around  8.500.000 hectolitres.

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

Q1: Amarone, a blend of red varieties, is among the most prestigious Veneto wines. Name two varieties, which are found in many Amarone blends.

Q2: True or False: Valpolicella DOC is an appellation for both white and red wines.

Q3: What does the term appassimento describe?

Q4: Garganega is the grape variety behind a famous Venetian wine. Do you know the name of this wine? (I’m looking for a specific wine but multiple answers are possible)

Q5: What do the wines Bardolino DOC and Custoza DOC have in common?

A) They age very well (+15 years).

B) They are produced from partially dried grapes.

C) They are produced around Lake Garda.

D) They are sparkling wines

That’s it! Bragging rights are up grabs. My answers are coming next Wednesday. I recently wrote an article titled The Valpolicella and its Wines, which fits the topic of this quiz quite well. Here is the to link the post.



6 comments on “Weekly Wine Quiz #34 – Veneto”

  1. talkavino Reply

    A1: Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella, Corvinone
    A2: False
    A3: Appasimento method implies drying of the grapes for the extended period of time, typically 90 – 120 days before pressing the grapes for the juice. Drying is usually done on the straw mats or in the boxes.
    A4: Soave
    A5: C, both are produced around Lake Garda

  2. Sean P. Reply

    1: Corvina, Corvinone
    2: False
    3: Apassimento = drying of grapes on the vine.
    4: Custoza
    5: C

  3. winetalks winetalks Reply

    Q1: Corvinone, Rondinella
    Q2: False!
    Q3: Grapes are allowed to dry on straw mats or in containers before being fermented until December.
    Q4: Soave
    Q5: C – both are produced around Lake Garda.


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