WINE TIP FROM GRAPE FINALE FLEMINGTON – WHAT IS TERROIR??

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What is TERROIR?

TERROIR is a French term that refers to the soil quality and environmental factors where the grapes are grown that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma.

– Climate: Warm climates produce grapes with higher sugar levels (which produce higher alcohol wines) and cooler climates produce grapes with lower sugar levels and more acidity.

– Soil: There are hundreds of different types of soil, rock and mineral deposits in the world’s vineyards. Ground water absorbs the flavors of the soil it is in. The root and vascular system of the grape vine draws the water and the flavors of the water into the grapes, which affects how the wine made from these grapes will taste.

-Terrain: Altitude is an increasingly important focus for quality vineyards. Besides elevation, things like geological features (mountains, valleys, being located far inland), other flora (plants, microbes and trees) and large bodies of water affect how a wine from a particular region tastes.

Farming Practices: Many decisions during the growing process can either lessen or increase the expression of terroir in wine. These include decisions about pruning, irrigation and selecting time of harvest.

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