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 The latter is from the region’s coldest terroir and is sixty days on the skins and stems for a dry expression with flavors of dark cherry and raspberry that hold their own against such a rich desert. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 7 June 2021 So does this concept of terroir even matter, in a practical sense? Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Lovely tannins and great structure, just beautifully made and a marvelous expression of what Virginia terroir has to offer. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 19 May 2021 But Wise has put another wrinkle in place that adds the human element to the varying terroir his wines reveal: Three different winemakers are responsible for these single-vineyard Cabernets. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 Their focus on terroir translates well in the bottle. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Rather than compare California Pinot Noir to Burgundy or our Syrah to Cote-Rotie, Grahm writes, maybe the paradigm should shift toward asking how these grape varieties can best reveal California terroir. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, 21 Jan. 2021 For decades, winemakers around the world have hewed to a strict interpretation of terroir, arguing that a wine’s place of origin creates subtle distinctions in flavor. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 8 May 2021 The writer Fuchsia Dunlop compares peppercorn plants to vines grown to make wine grapes — capable of producing fruit that’s deeply expressive of its terroir. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Terroir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terroir. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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