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1

Where is Piemonte and what is its climate

Piemonte is in the northwest corner of Italy.

Climate is Moderate and Continental.

Long cold winters and thunderstorms, hail and fog in the summer

Mountains to the North provide a rain shadow, protecting the region from Northern winds and precipitation.

2

What are the primary black grapes in Piemonte

Nebbiolo
Barbera (most planted)
Dolcetto

3

What is the English meaning of Piemonte

In English, Piemonte means ‘at the foot of the mountains’

4

What are the primary white grapes grown in Piemonte

Cortese and Moscato

5

What are the 2 major rivers that flow through Piemonte

1. Po River
2.Tanaro River

6

What is the name of the lake in North Piemonte that provides some moderating temperature influences

Lake Maggiore (maj-orr- ray)

7

What is the height range in the Piemonte foothills

150 - 600m

8

What are the names of the 2 most prestigious appellations in the Piemonte region and where are they located

Barolo and Barbaresco

Located South of Turin around the towns of Asti and Alba

9

What shape is the Barolo wine region and what is the height range of the steep South facing slopes

Horseshoe

300 - 500m

10

What black grape must Barolo DOCG be produced from

Nebbiolo

11

What are the dryness, acidity, tannin, body and flavours of Nebbiolo

Dry
High Acidity
High Tannin
Medium to full body
Red fruit, cherry, plum
Dried herbs
Sometimes floral (rose & violet)

12

What is the name of the range of hills that Barolo and Barbaresco are situated in

Langhe

13

Is Barolo aged in oak and how long must it be aged for

Yes, either new or old, large or small barrels


Three years, including 18 months in oak

14

What is the height range of of the South facing slopes where the vineyards are situated in Barbaresco

200 - 400 metres

15

How long must Barbaresco be aged for

Two years including 9 months in oak

16

What are the main differences between Barolo and Barbaresco

Barolo’s vineyards sit at a higher elevation

Barbaresco lies closer to the river Tanaro which provides influence

In Barbaresco the grapes ripen quicker, it’s fruitier and less perfumed

17

In Piemonte, where is Gavi and what is the main white grape grown there

South Eastern Piemonte

The Cortese grape

18

Why are the Cortese vines grown in the hills, and what influence does his impart

Altitude and sea breezes result in long, slow ripening

This emphasises it’s natural high acidity and floral character

19

What are the characteristics of wines made from the Barbera grape

Dry
High acidity
Low - medium tannins
Full body
Medium flavour of red fruit (cherry, plum) and sometimes black pepper