Terroir—towards a new perspective


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South Australian Geographical Journal

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

Subject: Environmental Studies, Geography, Geosciences, Planning & Development, Political Science, Urban Studies


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Terroir—towards a new perspective

Alex Martin *

Citation Information : South Australian Geographical Journal. Volume 112, Pages 5-22, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/sagj-2013-001

License : (CC BY 4.0)

Published Online: 14-August-2018



Terroir is the idea that the geographical area in which grapes are grown—its climate, geography, soil structure and mineral composition, vine adaptations, and so on—is manifest in the physical composition of wine. This paper presents a new perspective on the concept of terroir. It does so by reviewing traditional understandings of the idea, and a recent interpretation by Warren Moran, which is elaborated upon in a case study of the Coonawarra wine region. Key themes characterising the growth of the Australian wine industry are examined to identify the primary influences on how
the concept is perceived in Australia today. A balance is sought between the diverse ideas of terroir and a more flexible interpretation of the concept.

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