How well do you know Amarone ?

The world of wine is vibrant, constantly changing and ever so interesting. Everyday wine enthusiasts can learn & share their new experiences with good food & 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 know what is required to make an Amarone?
● Or - You think you know where Amarone wine is made?

Take this short Amarone Quiz & find out.

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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?

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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