The world of wine is vibrant, constantly changing and ever so interesting. Everyday wine enthusiasts can learn and share their new experiences with good food and friends. So the following ‘Wine Quiz’ is a little bit of fun and learning for all - and for those a little more competitive a personal test of your wine knowledge.
So you think you know the spiritual home of Syrah?
Or - You think you know the best places in the world to produce Syrah?
Take this short wine quiz and find out. A new wine quiz each week.

This Weeks Wine Quiz: How well do you know Syrah / Shiraz?


It was once thought that Syrah originated around the Persian (now Iranian) city of Shiraz. But recent research has proved the grape is actually indigenous to where?

The Ancient City of Syracuse in Sicily

The back-blocks of Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand

The Barossa Valley in South-Australia

The Rhône Valley in South-Eastern France
Syrah is a fairly resilient grape varietal, but thrives best in which of the following growing conditions?

Damp conditions, with high exposure of botrytis.

Hot and dry conditions, in loam and sandy soils.

Slightly windy, mild conditions, in schist and granite soils.

Both B and C
It is common practice in the Northern Rhône appellation of Côte-Rôtie, as well as in parts of Australia, to co-ferment Syrah with small amounts of which white grape varietal?


Pinot Blanc


What is the relationship of the Syrah grape varietal to Petite Sirah?

They are the same grape.

Petite Sirah is a mutation of Syrah.

Syrah is a parent varietal of Petite Sirah.

They are first cousins, so should not marry.
Which of the following wine appellations is known for growing world-class Syrah / Shiraz?

Barossa Valley - Australia

Hermitage, Rhône Valley - France

Paso Robles, California - USA

All of the Above
Which one of the following wine regions is not renowned for its quality Syrah / Shiraz production?

Barossa Valley

Central Otago

Hawke’s Bay

The spiritual home of Syrah is in the Rhône Valley - France, why is it so successful in other wine growing regions around the world?

It adapts well to both hot and mild climates if grown in relatively dry conditions.

It is great at expressing terroir, with its wines showing dark fruits to herbal to mineral notes.

It can be bottled as a single varietal, plus blended with other grapes and even made into a rosé.

All of the Above.
Which of the following is the most likely explanation why the Australian's name Syrah - ‘Shiraz’?

Syrah is a French translation of Shiraz, named after the Persian (now Iranian) city.

The EU designated Syrah as a protected name - so not to be used outside of France.

The original Australian alphabet did not have the letter Y.

When it was first planted in Australia, they knew it as ‘Scyras’ or ‘Ciras’ and the Australian accent took it from there.
In the California wine region of the States, Syrah grows well in which of the following appellations?

Edna Valley

Napa Valley

Sierra Foothills

All of the Above.
According to the Barossa Valley ‘Old Vine Charter’ in Australia. What age must a Shiraz vine achieve to be classified and given ‘Ancestor Vine’ status?

25 years of age

65 years of age

85 years of age

125 years of age
Syrah is one of the grapes allowed to be used in the production of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. Which of the following grapes are also permitted?



Piquepoul Noir

All of the Above.
Quality Syrah (and Syrah blended wines) are being made in California. What is the ‘nick-name’ of the famed group of winemakers which produce these wines?

The Rhône Rangers

The Syrah Bandits

The Syrah Lovers

The Syrah Rockers
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