very important and traditional for German and European wines.
In recent years, German wine growers
have begun to use the term terroir in this context.
The direct translation of the French word means „soil,
subsoil, source, provenance, location and vineyard“. However,
the word actually describes much more: terroir signifies the overall
natural vineyard conditions plus the influence of
the winemaker on the style of the wine. It includes
site conditions such as soil type,
water balance or hours of sunshine
but also the grape variety or
specific production and ageing
procedures. Terroir signifies more
than just soil, it means „a sense of
place“. The term is not only used
for wine but for many other agricultural