The world of wine is vibrant, constantly changing and ever so interesting. Everyday wine enthusiasts can learn and share their new experiences with good food and friends. So the following ‘Wine Quiz’ is a little bit of fun and learning for all - and for those a little more competitive a personal test of your wine knowledge.
So you think you know where Amarone wine is made?
Or - You think you know what is required to make a quality Amarone?
Take this short wine quiz and find out. A new wine quiz each week.

This Weeks Wine Quiz: How well do you know Amarone?


Originally to distinguish Amarone from another wine which is produced in the same region, which is made in a ‘sweeter’ style. In Italian, the name ‘Amarone’ literally means…?

The Great Aroma.

The Great Bitter.

The Great Lover.

The Great Wine.
To make Amarone wine - ripe grapes are harvested in the first two weeks of October, carefully choosing bunches with fruit not too close together, to aid in air flow. Grapes are allowed to dry, traditionally on straw mats. This process (to dry and shrivel the grapes) is called what in Italian?




When making a quality Amarone wine, which of the following is the ‘typically’ length of time for the grape drying process before fermentation?

30 Days

60 Days

90 Days

120 Days
During the drying process - the traditional red grapes used to make Amarone; Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara - on average loose approximately what volume in weight / juice?

10 to 15%

15 to 25%

20 to 30%

30 to 40%
Amarone wine was originally assigned ‘Denominazione di Origine Controllata’ (DOC) status in December 1990. When was Amarone promoted to DOCG status?

On the 4th December 2007

On the 4th December 2008

On the 4th December 2009

On the 4th December 2010
If fermentation is stopped early, the resulting wine will contain residual sugar (more than 4 grams of sugar per litre) and produce a sweeter wine known as?

Ravioli della Valpolicella

Recioto della Valpolicella

Ricotta della Valpolicella

Rigatoni della Valpolicella
The level of alcohol in an Amarone wine can easily surpass 15% - (with this style not released until five years after the vintage - though this is not a legal requirement). What is the 'minimum' level of alcohol required when producing an Amarone wine?

The minimum level of alcohol is 11%

The minimum level of alcohol is 12%

The minimum level of alcohol is 13%

The minimum level of alcohol is 14%
Before being released onto the market, wines labelled ‘Amarone della Valpolicella’ must undergo what 'minimum' period of ageing from January 1st - the year following the harvest?

At least 1 year.

At least 2 years.

At least 3 years.

At least 4 years.
When making an Amarone style wine - in order to ensure that the selection of the best grapes can withstand the long drying process. Which of the following must happen ‘by law’ to ensure quality…?

The harvest must be done at night.

The harvest must be done by hand.

The harvest must be done before sun rise.

The harvest must be done on the second Tuesday in October.
Traditionally, the ageing of Valpolicella and Amarone wines was done inside large wooden casks. The typical size used was a barrel of 600 litre capacity - what is this traditional barrel called?

Fiasco Veronese

Fresco Veronese

Fumare Veronese

Fusto Veronese
Another DOC wine produced in this region - a technique where the leftover grape skins from the Amarone fermentation process are added to normal Valpolicella wine. And allowed to macerate for an extended period of time, resulting in a fuller-bodied style Valpolicella, with a higher alcohol. Today several Amarone producers produce this style of wine which is called what?

Rasinate della Valpolicella

Recioto della Valpolicella

Ripasso della Valpolicella

Riserva della Valpolicella
Amarone della Valpolicella wines to be labelled 'Riserva' - from the 1st November of the harvest year are required to age for a ‘minimum’ of what period of time…?

2 years

3 years

4 years

5 years
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