26 feb 2016

The myth of ‘wine geology’

The idea that a vineyard’s soil lends a wine its flavour is becoming increasingly popular – but is there any scientific basis?

“Soil, not grapes, is the latest must-know when choosing a wine,” Bloomberg has proclaimed. Meanwhile, wine writer Alice Feiring has published a book which helps drinkers choose their tipple by “looking at the source: the ground in which it grows”. And there are now restaurants with wine lists organised not by grape, wine style or country of origin, but by vineyard geology.

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