Soils for Fine Wines

Hardcover | November 20, 2003

byRobert E. White

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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 inhigh 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 ofterroir 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 newvineyards 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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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 inhigh technology in the winery, enabling vintn...

Robert E. White is at University of Melbourne, Australia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 7.09 × 10 × 0.98 inPublished:November 20, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195141024

ISBN - 13:9780195141023

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Table of Contents

1. Soil and the Environment2. The Makeup of Soil3. The Vine Root Habitat4. How the Soil Supplies Nutrients5. Nutrients for Healthy Vines and Good Wines6. Soil-Water-Vine Relationships and Water Management7. Soil Quality in Vineyards8. Site Selection and Soil Preparation9. Soil and WineAppendicesReferencesIndex

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"The book is extremely well structured and appropriately illustrated, including a sensible use and arrangement of photographs. It is recommended to both graduate and postgraduate viticultural soil scientists and advisors and winemaking professionals."--Austratial Grape and WineResearch