The Meaning of Terroir - Introduction
At every wine tasting, especially those comparing "old
world" wine to "new world" wines, the inevitable
question of terroir arises. terroir is
a French term that literally translated means: earth, or
However, there is no such thing as a literal translation
of anything French. In a larger context, wine tasters try
to define terroir as the specificity of
place, which has come to include not only the soil
in a region, but also the climate, the weather, the aspect
of the vineyards and anything else that can possibly differentiate
one piece of land from another.
This is especially true when comparing land in France with
land in any other part of the world. As is often the case,
the French believe the universe revolves around, well, France,
naturally, so their terroir is unique.