The Wine Cowboy offers a lesson in terroir ~ Terroir Tuesday

Terroir Tuesday . . . where wine & land meet

The Wine Cowboy Episode 1: Le terroir

There are eleven different types of soils which are considered great for producing high quality wines. The soil composition of vineyards is one of the most important viticultural considerations when planting grape vines. The soil supports the root structure of the vine and influences the drainage levels and amount of minerals and nutrients that the vine is exposed to. The ideal soil condition for a vine is a layer of thin topsoil and subsoil that sufficiently retains water but also has good drainage so that the roots do not become overly saturated.

We are actually quite privileged here at Chateau Soutard, because unlike most chateaus of this region, our soil is mostly limestone, instead of the more common clay soils present in St Emilion.

So what’s the difference, you might wonder.


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