Definition of terroir
: the combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives wine grapes their distinctive character
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With the ascendance of Burgundy, with its emphasis on place and terroir over age, more and more regions have redefined themselves in Burgundian terms.
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Origin and Etymology of terroir
French, land, country, stretch of land in reference to its agricultural features, from Old French tieroir, from Vulgar Latin *terratorium, alteration of Latin territorium
First Known Use: 1863See Words from the same year
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