How well do you know your Australian wines? Do you fancy yourself as a bit of an expert? Test your knowledge in our tricky Australian wine quiz and share it with your friends to see who's got the best Aussie brain...
1. Which South Australian winery, famous for the diagonal red stripe on its labels, fell foul of Champagne producer GH Mumm when it released a sparkling wine named Dadd?d’Arenberg Correct Wrong Penfolds Correct Wrong McWilliams Correct Wrong De Bortoli Correct Wrong
2. Grapes from which Australian state would NOT be found in a wine labelled ‘South Eastern Australia’?New South Wales Correct Wrong Tasmania Correct Wrong Victoria Correct Wrong South Australia Correct Wrong
3. Which South Australian winemaking legend is known for his colourful array of bow ties?Chester Osborn Correct Wrong Peter Gago Correct Wrong Wolf Blass Correct Wrong Taras Ochota Correct Wrong
4. What is Australia’s most expensive wine?Grange Correct Wrong Hill of Grace Correct Wrong Yellowtail Correct Wrong Château Pétrus Correct Wrong
Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 costs a whopping $38,420.
5. Australian winemakers experiment with a wide range of grape varieties. Albariño was set to the ‘next big thing’ until French ampelographer Jean-Michel Boursiquot realised the Albariño grown in Australia was actually which grape?Sauvignon Blanc Correct Wrong Savagnin Correct Wrong Chardonnay Correct Wrong Riesling Correct Wrong
6. The Australian wine industry is almost as old as the country itself. What type of wines did it start by producing?Sweet fruity whites Correct Wrong Big reds Correct Wrong Fortifieds Correct Wrong Sparkling wines Correct Wrong
7. Many Australian wines have borne the names of European regions, but agreements with Europe mean you’ll no longer see “White Burgundy” or “Hermitage” on Australian labels. If you’re looking for a Sherry style of wine what do you need to buy?Tawny Correct Wrong Topaque Correct Wrong Glera Correct Wrong Apera Correct Wrong
8. In some parts of Australia, vineyards have avoided the pest which wiped out much of Europe’s vineyards in the late 19th century. In places like South Australia’s Barossa Valley vines can be well in excess of 100 years old. Which pest was responsible?Downy mildew Correct Wrong Phylloxera Correct Wrong Nematode Correct Wrong Red spider mite Correct Wrong
9. Australia can claim credit for bringing which wine invention to the world?The wine cask/box Correct Wrong Cork Correct Wrong The Stelvin cap Correct Wrong Waiter’s friend Correct Wrong
10. Only one Australian state/territory does not produce wine... which is it?Queensland Correct Wrong ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Correct Wrong Northern Territory Correct Wrong Tasmania Correct Wrong
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