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January 2001
Taking Terroir into the Rhizosphere
Does Healthy Soil Make a Healthy Vineyard?
by M.L. Hilton
The word terroir in the wine industry brings up connotations of tony real estate expressed as vineyard designates on labels and individual taste characteristics of ultra premium wine. But digging deeper than that, current discussions about soil amongst farmers and enologists are beginning to be as much about applications as appellations.There is no doubt that the development of chemical warfare on agricultural pests during the mid-1900's, as well as the use of soil amendments has been a prime fa...
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