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2 Welcome to third annual Backsberg Vino Varsity Challenge Brought to you by:

3 Featuring: The Ikeys VS Maties VS The Rhodents

4 General Knowledge Round 2 Wine History

5 Question 1 The oldest known wine cellar was discovered this year. It is estimated to be how old? a.Around 1000 years old? b.About 10 000 years old c.About 6000 years old d. It’s Dave Hughes’ cellar. Bonus question. Name the county in which it was discovered?

6 Question 2 Who ‘invented’ the Pinotage grape in South Africa?

7 Question 3 What is does KWV (in full) and in what year was it formed.

8 Question 4 What is the name of the two-handled container that wine was generally aged and transported in during ancient times.


10 Question 5 In 1811 Charles-Henri Heidsieck rode into Moscow just ahead of Napoleon’s advancing army. What was he up to? a.He had stolen the French’s Champagne and was going to sell it to the Russians. b.He was looking to make a quick buck and sell Champagne to whoever won the battle. c.Napoleon insulted his Champagne so he decided to fight for the Russians.

11 Question 6 We use distillation for the production of Brandy, but which nation is believed to be the first to practice it. a.The Greeks b.The Dutch c.The French

12 Question 7 It has been claimed that Dom Perignon said “I have tasted the stars ?”. This is complete hogwash. But which one of these rules did Dom lay down for other wine makers to follow. a.Wash your hands before picking grapes. b.Harvest in the cool of the morning c.Really oaky Cabernets will make you the most money. d.The longer the grape is on the vine, the better the juice

13 Question 8 In which Year did Phylloxera strike South Africa? a.1869 b.1972 c.1652

14 Question 9 We know that Simon van de Stel established Constantia, but who made the dessert wines of the estate famous? a.Henk Cloovers b.Hendrik Cloete c.Christiaan Henders

15 Question 10 The first wines of the cape were described by one early diarist as being only good for a.Irritating the bowels b.Cleaning utensils c.Muddling the senses

16 General Knowledge Round 2 Wine Making

17 Question 11 What is the name for the process where champagne bottles are slowly turned over time so that the lees settles in the neck of the bottle? For a bonus point, name who is said to have invented the process?

18 Question 12 How is the fermentation process stopped when making a fortified wine?

19 Question 13 What is the name for the wine making process famously used in the Beaujolais region of France. a.Carbon Maturation b.Carbonic Maceration c.Measured Condensation d.Coordinated Masturbation

20 Question 14 Name three vine pests.

21 Question 15 What does the French term Bâtonnage mean?

22 Question 16 Name three different types of wood that have been used for making wine barrels. Bonus point: what do you call the person who makes such barrels?

23 Question 17 I am stamped in a lagares, I am mixed with aguardente, and aged in pipes. What am I?

24 Question 18 What is the scientific name for noble rot?

25 Question 19 What is sugar converted to during fermentation

26 Question 20 What imparts the coffee/chocolate flavours to certain styles of Pinotage?

27 General Knowledge Round 3 World of Wine

28 Question 21 Name three of the Bordeaux first growths.

29 Question 22 What is the main grape variety used in making the wines labeled Chianti?

30 Question 23 Where is this vineyard?

31 Question 24 In which country would you find Screaming Eagle, Stage’s leap and Chateau Montelena? Bonus point: Which one of these wineries did NOT take part in the famous Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976

32 Question 25 Which country is famous for vinho verde?

33 Question 26 Name an African country outside South Africa that produces wine on a commercial scale?

34 Question 27 Grange is an iconic wine brand. In which country is it produced?

35 Question 28 Which wine making practice involves buried cows’ horns and the moon’s cycle?

36 Question 29 Which wine styles made in Southern England are said – by the English of course – to be giving the French a run for their money?

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