Wine, Terroir and Climate Change

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Wakefield Press, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 279 pages

This book is a scientific analysis of the soil and climatic factors affecting wine grape production, and thus, ultimately, wine itself. It provides a reasoned basis for the term 'terroir', and critically examines the science of climate change and how it could affect viticulture and winemaking. Dr John Gladstones is an internationally recognised authority on climate and viticulture, and among other achievements was instrumental in the establishment of the Margaret River wine district in Western Australia.

'For anyone interested in the future interaction between climate, climate change and viticulture, this book simply has to be read. Dr John Gladstones's painstaking research is the foundation for his equally carefully constructed conclusions that robustly challenge mainstream opinions. - James Halliday

 

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Contents

Introduction and Definition of Terroir
1
The Driving Force
5
Other Climate Components
27
Geography Topography and Soil
38
The Belowground Environment and Root Function
48
Vine Balances and Management
60
Vine Nutrition
68
Geology and Soil Type
76
Construction of Viticultural Climate Tables
112
Climate Change
130
Current Climate Change and Viticulture
185
A Summary
197
French Viticultural Temperatures 19311993
205
Reference Climate Tables
212
References
241
Author Index
270

Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture
89
Maturity Rankings of Grape Varieties
98

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