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1

Piemonte is considered one of Italy's most important wine regions along side what other place?

Tuscany

2

In English, what does Piemonte translate to?

"Foot of the Mountain"

3

Name two mountain ranges that cradle the Piemonte region.

Apennies
Alps

4

What is the major river that runs through the Piemonte region?

The Po River

5

True/False: The alluvial plains created by the Po River are suitable for viticulture.

No. The soils are too fertile.

6

Name the three provinces of Piemonte.

Asti
Alessandria
Cuneo

7

Generally speaking, what are the two "hills" that are most recognized in Piemonte?

Monferrato
Langhe

8

In relation to the Po River, where does most viticulture occur?

South of the river

9

Describe the general soil type found in Piemonte.

Thin, calcareous marl and sandstone

10

What is the general climate type of Piemonte?

Continental

11

Which mountain range is responsible for creating the rain shadow effect in Piemonte?

The Alps

12

In which region is there lore of producers firing cannons in the sky to ward off clouds?

Barbaresco

13

What is the term used for prized souther exposures in Piemonte (particularly Barbaresco)?

Sorì

14

What is the most notable native red grape of Piemonte?

Nebbiolo

15

From where does Nebbiolo take its name?

La Nebbia - the fog

16

Describe the general structure of Nebbiolo.

High alcohol, high acid, extreme tannin

17

A statue from ______ in La Morra threatened extreme physical punishment for uprooting Nebbiolo vines.

1431

18

Name the 3 major red grapes of Piemonte.

Nebbiolo
Dolcetto
Barbera

19

What does "dolcetto" mean in English?

Little sweet one

20

In Dolcetto wines, which is higher, the acid or the tannin?

Tannin

21

Are Dolcetto based wines meant to be drunk young, or with age?

Young

22

What is the most planted red grape in Piemonte?

Barbera

23

Aside from Piemonte's "Big Three" red grapes, name 6 other red varietals that are indigenous to the region.

Brachetto
Gringolino
Ruchè
Croatina
Vespolina
Freisa

24

What is the most planted white varietal in Piemonte?

Moscato Bianco

25

In France, Moscato Bianco is know as....?

Muscat à Petits Grains Blanc

26

Aside from Moscato, name 4 other white grapes grown in Piemonte.

Cortese
Arneis
Erbaluce
Favorita (Vermentino)

27

True/False: Piemonte is home to more DOC regions than anywhere else in Italy.

True

28

How many DOCG regions are recognized in Piemonte?

16

29

True/False: Over half of Piemonte's production is DOC quality or better.

True

30

Name the two most prestigious DOCGs of Piemonte.

Barolo
Barbaresco