Study themes for the final prelim.
This exam will be worth a total of 150
You can expect somewhere between 20 to 30 questions from each of
the following lecture topics.
You will have 1.5 hours to complete the exam.
What is the equivalent to the French AOC system in Italy?
The DOC system
What are the classifications of Italian wines and how do they differ?
VDT (Vino da Tavola) – table wine, unlimited yields, least government regulations,
produced in all 20 regions, simplest wines
IGT (Indicazione Geografiche Tipiche) – indication of typical geographic origin, 120+
wines from 18 regions, Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta have no IGT’s
DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata – denomination of controlled origin, 300+
wines from 20 different regions, regulates: geography, grapes, yields, and in some cases
DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita – denomination of controlled
and guaranteed origin, lowest yields, most government regulations, 33 wines from 12
What are the principle grape varieties used to make the Benchmark wines of
Italy e.g. Barolo, Chianti, Brunello? (Emphasis will be on the ones tasted in
Nebbiolo makes Barolo, Sangiovese makes Chianti and Brunello
Wines tasted in class: Pinot Grigio (100% pinot grigio),
Vitiano (30% sangiovese, 30% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 10% aleatico),
Col di Sasso (60% cabernet sauvignon, 40% sangiovese),
Chianti (primarily sangiovese)
Nero d’Avola (varietal)
Other grape varieties include: Trebbiano, Moscato, Anglianico
What are the most important Italian wine regions (3 Regions 3 Grapes) and
what wines are they best known for?
Piedmont – grape: Nebbiolo, wines: Barolo, Barbarseco, Gattinara, Gheme, Roero, Nebbiolo
delle Langhe, Nebbiolo d’Alba
Tre Venezie – grape: Pinot Grigio, wines: Soave, Valpolicella, Bardolino
Tuscany – grape: Sangiovese, wines: Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vino
Nobile di Montepulciano, Carmignano, Morellino di Scansano, Super Tuscan
What are the labeling requirements and how does one decode Italian wine
DOC wines are regulated on geography, varietals, yields, winemaking processes, and minimum
alcohol levels (all are reflected on label)