Soils for Fine Wines

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Oxford University Press, Jul 24, 2003 - Gardening - 279 pages
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In recent years, viticulture has seen phenomenal growth, particularly in such countries as Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Chile, and South Africa. The surge in production of quality wines in these countries has been built largely on the practice of good enology and investment in high technology in the winery, enabling vintners to produce consistently good, even fine wines. Yet less attention has been paid to the influence of vineyard conditions on wines and their distinctiveness-an influence that is embodied in the French concept of terroir. An essential component of terroir is soil and the interaction between it, local climate, vineyard practices, and grape variety on the quality of grapes and distinctiveness of their flavor. This book considers that component, providing basic information on soil properties and behavior in the context of site selection for new vineyards and on the demands placed on soils for grape growth and production of wines. Soils for Fine Wines will be of interest to professors and upper-level students in enology, viticulture, soils and agronomy as well as wine enthusiasts and professionals in the wine industry.
  

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Contents

Soil and the Environment
3
The Makeup of Soil
27
The Vine Root Habitat
55
How the Soil Supplies Nutrients
79
Nutrients for Healthy Vines and Good Wines
109
SoilWaterVine Relationships and Water Management
141
Soil Quality in Vineyards
173
Site Selection and Soil Preparation
207
Soil and Wine
223
Appendices
251
References
265
Index
271
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Robert E. White is at University of Melbourne, Australia.

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