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Wine Grapes and Soil

Guest Author - Paula S.W. Laurita

ust as different flowers flourish under different growing conditions, so do grapes. There is an intregal relationship between soil and grape.

Grape growers have long understood the magic that happens when grapes and soil come together in perfect conditions. There are classic compatibilities of soil type and grape variety.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines thrive in limestone soil. The great vineyards of Champagne, Burgundy, the Loire River, and Bordeaux all have quality limestone soil. Cabernet Sauvingnon likes gravelly soil. Riesling likes slatey soil.This isn't to say the grapes cannot grow in other types of soil. Grapes will grow in a wide variety of soils. Grape vines thrive in well-drained soils with loamy to sandy surface layers over moderately permeable clay subsoils.

Different soils affects a grapevine in many ways. The amount of soil-available water directly affects grapevine water balance. How well does a particular soil retain heat? The water balance is considered to be the most important factor in the choice of soil for a grapevine.

As mentioned above, good drainage is important. The fertility of the soil, so important in other crops, is less important for grapes. The struggle of the vine to hold onto the soil, fight to grow and vine, and then produce fruit produces character in the grapes.

For Old World wineries the land is central, it is sacred in the growing process. They are micro-worlds that celebrate the terroir (ter-wah). For this reason Old World wines are associated with where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, rather than the grape type.

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