terroir

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noun ter·roir \ˌter-ˈwär\

Definition of terroir

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

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: 1863


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