Austria Uncorked: NY’s Best Somm 2016 Qualifying Exam Answers

Registered contestants were asked to take the below qualifying exam in order to showcase their knowledge and their right to a seat in the Austria Uncorked: NY’s Best Sommelier 2016 competition. Each only have 15 minutes to take the exam – no open books! Would you have passed?

1. What are the two sub-types of Qualitätswein in Austria?

DAC and Prädikatswein

2. What’s Feinburgunder?


3. Zweigelt is a crossing of which two grapes?

Blaufränkisch X St. Laurent

4. White varieties occupy what % of Austrian vineyard land? 45%, 55%, %65, or %75 (multiple choice)


5. What is Bergland?

The lightly-planted far-western region of Austria

6. French Vin de Paille and Greek Vinsanto are most similar to what Austrian style of wine?


7. What was the first DAC?


8. What is a Ried?

A top vineyard site

9. Name three varieties traditionally used for Ruster Ausbruch production:

Furmint, Chardonnay, Muskateller, Pinot Blanc, Neuburger, Welschriesling, Traminer and Pinot Gris, Scheurbe

10. What does DAC stand for?

Districtus Austriae Controllatus

11. What is the largest DAC by landmass?


12. What’s the maximum alcohol of Austrian Sekt Klassik?


13. During what decade was Lenz Moser’s “Hochkultur” system widely instituted?

The 50s

14. What’s Morillon?

A synonym for Chardonnay

15. Which estate produced the first documented Trockenbeerenauslese-style wine in 1653?


16. What body of water in Austria is technically an Endorheic basin?

Lake Neusiedlersee

17. What is a banderole?

The distinctive cap design on Austrian wines, reminiscent of the Austrian Flag

18. What chemical compound is responsible for the typical “grüner pfeffer” aroma?


19. What is the smallest of Austria’s Weinbaugebiete?

Eisenberg with 498 ha

20. In 2007, it was discovered that Grüner Veltliner is a cross of the nearly-extinct St. Georgener and what grape variety?

Savagnin (Traminer)

21. What is Donauland?

The former name of the Wagram

22. What is Gfohler?

A metamorphic Gneiss found in the Kamptal, Kremstal and Wachau

23. Schiltern, Haindorf, and Zobing are all important wine growing towns in what region?


24. What’s the most-planted grape in Traisental?

Grüner Veltliner

25. Which DAC require oak aging at the Reserve level?

Leithaberg, Eisenberg, Mittelburgenland, and Neusiedlersee

26. In what winegrowing region is Pannobile based?

Burgenland (Neusiedlersee)

27. What does Gemischter Satz translate as directly?

“Mixed set”

28. What order of monks was crucial to the historical development of winegrowing in Austria?

The Cistercians

29. A widely practiced system of holistic agriculture was developed by an Austrian-born philosopher in 1920s. Who was the philosopher and what is the system of agriculture called?

Rudolph Steiner, Biodynamics

30. What’s Uhudler?

A traditional hybrid-based red or white wine from Burgenland

31. Between what two latitudes are the bulk of Austria’s wine regions?

47th and 48th Parallel

32. What is Edelfaule?

The German-language term for Botrytis

33. Franz Stockinger is Austria’s most acclaimed producer of what?


34. Name the three DAC that permit blending of grapes:

Leithaberg, Gemischter Satz, Neusiedlersee

35. The Bisamberg and the Nussberg are major vineyards in what winegrowing region?


36. What’s a Buschenschank?

It’s another name for the Heuriger, where the propreitor’s own wines are served with simple fare. It’s also the offical Styrian term for a Heuriger

37. Tement, Sattlerhof, and Neumeister are all top producers in what region?


38. What’s sturm?

Still-fermenting wine that can only be served seasonally around harvest time.

39. What was the first red wine DAC?


40. Which DAC in the Niederösterreich does not permit Riesling?


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