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31

What are the key stipulations for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG?

Can be a blend of Sangiovese and other permitted varieties
Must be aged for a minimum of two years before release

32

What may producers of Brunello or VNdM do with their legal classifications? Give an example of when they might do this?

They can declassify they wines to DOC
If the vintage is particularly poor

33

What will Brunello or VNdM become if declassified?

Rosso di Montalcino DOC
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC

34

Describe the Tuscan coast

It is relatively flat and cooled by sea-breezes

35

What kinds of varieties are grown on the Tuscan coast?

Black Bordeaux varieties and a number of other international varieties

36

In which area did the first 'Super-Tuscan' come about?

The coast

37

What was the first Super-Tuscan made from?

Cabernet Sauvignon

38

What was groundbreaking about the first Super-Tuscan?

It was sold at a premium price despite not being eligible for PDO status

39

Why were Super-Tuscans so important?

They were a turning point for Italian wines as they re-established Italy's reputation for excellence

40

What varieties go into Super-Tuscans?

Typically international varieties, but sometimes with Italian varieties as part of the blend

41

How are Super-Tuscans usually labelled?

Toscana IGT
Bolgheri DOC
Maremma Toscana DOC

42

What is special about Bolgheri DOC and Maremma Toscana DOC?

The relatively new appellations permit wines to be made from entirely non-Italian varieties, such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah

43

What is the climate of Umbria?

Similar to Tuscany's but more continental without any influence from the Mediterranean

44

Where is Umbria?

Central Italy, between Tuscany and Marche on the respective coasts

45

What is Umbria's best known wine?

Orvieto DOC

46

What is Orvieto?

A white wine, made from Grechetto, Trebbiano and often, a few other local grapes

47

Describe Orvieto DOC wines

Light body
Medium to high acidity
Flavours of ripe grapefruit and peaches

48

How are the best examples of Orvieto often composed?

They tend to be the examples with the most Grechetto in the blend

49

How are Orvieto wines vinified?

They are made protectively and undergo cool fermentation in stainless steel

50

What is Umbria's most prestigious wine?

Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG

51

What is Sagrantino di Montefalco made from?

The thick-skinned Sagrantino grape

52

What is the next region to the south of Tuscany?

Lazio

53

What is the best known wine of Lazio?

Frascati DOC

54

Where are the vineyards of Frascati DOC?

The hills to the south of Rome

55

What are the growing conditions like in Frascati DOC?

Vineyards are cooled by altitude and a number of small nearby lakes

56

What are the grapes of Frascati DOC?

Malvasia and Trebbiano

57

Describe wines of Frascati DOC

Fresh and fruity in style
Medium body
Medium to high acidity
Flavours of citrus fruit, with Malvasia sometimes providing floral, orange blossom aromas

58

Where is Marche?

On the eastern side of the Apennines

59

What wines is Marche best known for?

White wines made from Verdicchio

60

What is Marche's most famous wine from the Verdicchio grape?

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC