Aired Saturday, November 11, 2023
Terroir: Nature or Voodoo?
Talking about the French notion of terroir has no equivalent word in English and requires the grower to consider all the natural variables that affect the growing of grapes. From the early monks in the Middle Ages to today’s 21st Century growers, does terroir make a real difference in the wines or is it just viticultural voodoo, as some United States wine growers believe? We will examine the science of the soil, climate, and landscape that combine to make the character of wine. We will explore why soil and terroir are not the same while taking a journey through the history of wine making.
Kim Prokoshyn, Sommelier