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American Winescapes: The Cultural Landscapes Of America's Wine Country
     

American Winescapes: The Cultural Landscapes Of America's Wine Country

by Gary L Peters
 

Winescapes are unique agricultural landscapes that are shaped by the presence of vineyards, wine-making activities, and the wineries where wines are produced and stored. Where viticulture is successful it transforms the local landscape into a combination of agriculture, industry, and tourism. This book demystifies viticulture in a way that helps the reader

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Winescapes are unique agricultural landscapes that are shaped by the presence of vineyards, wine-making activities, and the wineries where wines are produced and stored. Where viticulture is successful it transforms the local landscape into a combination of agriculture, industry, and tourism. This book demystifies viticulture in a way that helps the reader understand the environmental and economic conditions necessary in the art and practice of wine making.Distinctive characteristics of the book include a detailed discussion of more than thirty grape cultivars, an overview of wine regions around the country, and a survey of wine publications and festivals. Gary Peters discusses the major environmental conditions affecting viticulture, especially weather and climate, and outlines the special problems the industry faces from lack of capital, competition, and changing public tastes.

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Library Journal
Peters (geography, California State Univ., Long Beach) presents the usual information about varieties of grapes and grapevines and the ideal climate for growing grapes, but he does so in a most interesting and understandable fashion. His emphasis is on the wine regions of America and how vineyards affect the urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. We learn about wine laws in America and about the social and economic problems facing vintners in America today. We also learn how the American wine scene has changed over the years, from the 19th century to Prohibition to its coming of age in post-Prohibition times. This is not a comprehensive view of all the wineries of America but a lucid, intelligent approach to the subject of wines, winemaking, and wineries presented in an attractive format. Highly recommended.George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813328553
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
04/10/1997
Series:
Geographies of Imagination Series
Pages:
240

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Meet the Author

Gary L. Peters, a professional geographer for twenty-five years, is the author of The Wines and Vines of California. He lives and teaches in Long Beach, California.

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