The Myth of Terroir and Understanding Your Site: Soils, Rootstalks, Varieties and Management Strategies

A comprehensive understanding of the terroir of your site can lead to more effective vineyard management strategies.  Learn about terroir misconceptions, truths and the recent advancements in demonstrating that each site has discernible distinctions that require growers and winemakers to intimately comprehend in order to nurture the unique character for optimum expression. Understanding the effects of various climatic elements, such as temperature, rainfall at each growing site and the role of water and nitrogen in the soil, will help attendees choose the right plant material and management strategies to optimize the unique terroir expression of their vineyard.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Kevin R. Pogue is a professor in the Department of Geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where he teaches classes on the geological history of the western United States, weather, climate, and terroir. He also regularly contributes lectures on terroir and leads field trips for the Enology and Viticulture programs at Washington State University, Walla Walla Community College and the Washington State Wine Commission. Dr. Pogue’s research is primarily focused on variations in vineyard geomorphology, climate, and soil chemistry in the Columbia Basin.
Dr. Kees van Leeuwen is professor of viticulture and head of the viticulture – enology department at Bordeaux Sciences Agro, part of Bordeaux University’s Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin. Kees conducts research on the concept of terroir in viticulture. His works are centered on the role of environmental constraints in the expression of vine-growing terroir. These constraints are most often a limitation of water or nitrogen supply to the vines. Kees van Leeuwen has been involved in the creation and evaluation of several indicators of water supply regime and nitrogen status in vines. Kees has also worked on the effect of the climate on the expression of vine-growing terroir.