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Terroir and Hamsex

A very interesting debate has emerged over recent weeks to do with Terroir and the changing Terroir

So what is Terroir? It’s a maddening French word that has no direct English equivalent, however, the simplest definition is that it is the environment in which grapes are grown and a wine is made. The online dictionary definition is ‘the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography and climate’. Or as Jamie Goode, a well known wine writer defined it – ‘the site or region specific characteristics of a wine’.

In my view it can be summarised as follows, Terroir is the: weather, soil, grapes and people.

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