Weekly Wine Quiz: Older Than (Old) Dirt?

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Welcome to the Weekly Wine Quiz!

Based on feedback from ever-so-vocal-and-intelligent peeps like you, I do not supply the quiz answer directly in the post – you will need to tune back in later in the comments section for the answer. I’m once again (yes, really) on the road (this time back in Napa) and so once again (again!) I ask for your patience on receiving the answer.

This week, we’re kicking off a series of quizzes about Australia, since I was recently there on a two week jaunt and was more-or-less bombarded with Ozzie trivia (and hospitality). Enjoy!

Older Than (Old) Dirt?

True or False: Australia (along with a few of its various wine regions) is home to some of the Earth’s oldest soils.

  • A. True
  • B. False

Cheers – and good luck!





  • masi3v

    True. What the heck, 50-50 right?

    • 1WineDude

      :) thanks!

  • Antonia Muir

    Oh, I know the answer! TRUE! :)

    • 1WineDude

      Antonia – since you work for the Oz government (& in wine), hopefully you do know the answer!!! ;-)

  • Joe Roberts

    And the answer is…


    According to eHow.com, Aussie soils are millions of years old and therefore are among the oldest in the world. Australian clay soil has reached this ripe old age by avoiding the Ice Ages that invigorated soils in Europe over ten thousand years ago (the harsh climatic conditions in some Australian areas has also aided this preservation by preventing large amounts of land development).

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