ter·​roir | \ ˌter-ˈwär How to pronounce terroir (audio) \

Definition of terroir

: the combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives wine grapes their distinctive character

Examples of terroir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That way the food on the plate is even more precise, even more in tune with its terroir. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 18 July 2022 The wines are complex, concentrated, terroir-driven and age-worthy Verdejo wines that sommeliers around Spain have cherished as a Spanish fine wine choice to match with food instead of a French white Burgundy. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 1 May 2022 This affects the richness and depth of flavor of the cheeses — a concept known as terroir. Gary Stoller, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Guests can order flights to taste four different wines from around the state and learn more about varietal, terroir and the winemaker. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2022 Over the years, certain areas of American cuisine have been driven by produce and terroir. Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 And each of these roses tells a story: of terroir, history and the people who cultivated them. Mary Winston Nicklin, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 And the stronger the connection of the vines to the place they're grown, the stronger the ever important terroir is. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2022 Describe the terroir of your estate in the Colli Piacentini. John Mariani, Forbes, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of terroir

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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30 Jul 2022

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“Terroir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terroir. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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