In what year was California's Santa Lucia Highlands AVA established?
Established as an AVA in 1991, California's Santa Lucia Highlands is described as "small but mighty." The first commercial plantings in the area were in 1973, and as of 2021 SLH sported just shy of 50 vineyards, planted at various altitudes from 50 feet all the way up to 1,600+ feet above sea level.
True or False: Portugal has one of the highest number of ingidenous wine grape varities of any country?
Though relatively small in size, Portugal is one of the most diverse wine-producing countries on Earth. Not only does Portugal produce a large number of styles of wine (from sparkling to fortified to still wines), but it also boasts one of the highest numbers of indigenous vitis vinifera, with over 250 such varieties being native to the country.
True or False: Alto Adige accounts for less than 1% of Italy's total vineyard area?
Although very well known (especially for producing exceptional Pinot Grigio, though at least 20 different grape varieties are grown in the area), Italy's Alto Adige is relatively small. It accounts for less than 1% of Italy's total vineyard area.
Which of the following is a subregion of New Zealand's Marlborough wine region?
Awatere (meaning "fast-flowing river" in the Maori dialect) is one of three sub-regions within Marlborough, arguably the most famous and most important wine region in New Zealand's Southern Island. Awatere Valley accounts for about 30 percent of the vineyard area in Marlborough, and is primarily known for producing herbaceous, zesty Sauvignon Blanc whites.
What variety is the 2nd most prevalent for red wines in New Zealand?
Pinot Noir rules the red wine scene in New Zealand, accounting for 73% of the country's red wine production. While Syrah from New Zealand has been a hit with wine industry tastemakers, it accounts for just 6% of the country's reds. Merlot takes 2nd place at 14%.