The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop

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Wine is more than taste, smell, and appearance?it is a reflection of a place and its people. Why is Bordeaux a great place for red wines? Why do some places produce Rieslings and others produce Chardonnay? A fun and fascinating examination of terroir (the French word for the geography of a vineyard) this book takes connoisseurs?and potential connoisseurs?on a tour of wine regions, and explains the principles geographers use to understand the critical factors that make up the ?wine character? of a place....

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The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop

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Wine is more than taste, smell, and appearance—it is a reflection of a place and its people. Why is Bordeaux a great place for red wines? Why do some places produce Rieslings and others produce Chardonnay? A fun and fascinating examination of terroir (the French word for the geography of a vineyard) this book takes connoisseurs—and potential connoisseurs—on a tour of wine regions, and explains the principles geographers use to understand the critical factors that make up the “wine character” of a place. From the Loire Valley to Napa Valley, Madeira to South Africa, Australia to Chile, The Geography of Wine is an entertaining and informative introduction to viticulture for worldly wine lovers everywhere.

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Sommers, a professor of geography, explains the role that landscape, history, economics and culture play in wine regions from Burgundy to Australia to California. While the varied microclimates of the Rhineland, for example, and unique soil of Bordeaux make for exquisite Riesling from the former and the characteristic cabernet sauvignon of the latter, environmental conditions like these are but one part of viticulture's complex geography. Historical factors such as colonialism, trade and urbanization also determine what wines are cultivated and where. As well, the economic geography of contemporary vineyards is ever-evolving: retail venues and the marketability of a product vary enormously, the Internet has broadened the market for wine and conglomerates are an increasing presence. In his wide-ranging analysis of the obvious and imperceptible elements that characterize a wine region and its rewards, Sommers tips his glass to the steadfast amour between viticulture and geography. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452288904
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 522,934
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Geography and the Study of Wine     1
Wine Landscapes and Regions     11
Saint-Emilion     19
The Climatology of Viticulture     23
Spain     40
Microclimate and Wine     45
The Rhine and Its Tributaries     55
Grapes, Soil, and Terrior     59
Bordeaux     78
Biogeography and the Grape     83
The Loire Valley     95
Viticulture, Agriculture, and Natural Hazards     101
California     122
Wine and Geographic Information Systems     127
Oregon and Washington State     136
Winemaking and Geography     141
Oporto and Cadiz     151
Wine Diffusion, Colonialism, and Political Geography     157
South Africa and Chile     169
Urbanization and the Wine Geography     175
Burgundy     179
Economic Geography and Wine     187
Australia     195
Communism, Geography, and Wine     199
Eastern Europe     207
Geography and Wine's Competitors: Beer, Cider, and Distilled Spirits     211
Scotland     219
Wine, Culture, and the Geography of Temperance     223
America East of the Rockies     230
Regional Identity, Wine, and Multinationals     235
Champagne     249
Localism and Wine Tourism     253
Central Italy     259
Where Wine Takes Me     263
Appendix     273
Further Reading     277
Index     281
Photo Credits     291
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