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The science of terroir

Lawrence D. Meinert
The science of terroir (in Terroir; science related to grape and wine quality, Lawrence D. Meinert (editor))
Elements (June 2018) 14 (3): 153-158


Terroir involves the complex interplay of climate, soil, geology, and viticulture, all of which influence the character and quality of a wine from a given grape variety, rootstock, and viticultural practice. Contrary to the assertions of some wine writers, the minerals and character of the soil cannot be tasted in the wine. Rather, it is their effect on the grape ripening process that gives certain wines a "sense of place". Most important is water availability, which is a function of climate (rainfall and humidity) and soil water-holding capacity. The soil structure reflects the geologic history of a region and may have evolved over millions of years as influenced by faulting, weathering, and bedrock mineralogy. Far-field effects such as glaciation and resultant sea-level change can affect landscapes that are thousands of kilometers apart.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 14
Serial Issue: 3
Title: The science of terroir
Title: Terroir; science related to grape and wine quality
Author(s): Meinert, Lawrence D.
Author(s): Meinert, Lawrence D.editor
Affiliation: 128 F Street SE, Washington, DC, United States
Affiliation: 128 F Street SE, Washington, DC, United States
Pages: 153-158
Published: 201806
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 29
Accession Number: 2018-082152
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
N44°49'60" - N44°49'60", W00°34'00" - W00°34'00"
N43°10'60" - N44°15'00", W79°55'00" - W76°02'60"
N45°30'00" - N49°00'00", W124°45'00" - W116°55'00"
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2018
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