A vine cannot move. It is rooted to its spot on earth. It makes it’s grapes from water and minerals absorbed through the roots as they rummage through the soil and the sub-soil and from the light which fill the sky above.
The vine records everything – A soil tremor, a fog drenched January morning, a rainy cloudy March morning followed by a clear crisp blue afternoon, the fierce white trembling heat of a July afternoon: The vine will inscribe it all in its fruit.
Terroir is a French term with no exact English counterpart. Terroir is defined as the sum of all the natural parameters - especially soil, topography and climate which may potentially influence the character and characteristics of wine. Many view terroir strictly as natural phenomenon; that is, terroir refers to those qualities that derive strictly from the soil and subsoil, orientation to the sun, proximity to a river, altitude, climate, or the combined effect of these and other natural factors. These elements are usually seen as fixed and largely immutable and therefore beyond the control of human beings. However, one needs to add man to the definition of terroir as there would be no vineyards without man and it is the farmer that helps express terroir thru the multiple operations he does in the vineyard.