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Geology and Wine
Vineyard in former quarry on the Kaiserstuhl volcano (Miocene),
Rhine graben, Germany
Red Willow Vineyard, Washington, USA,
with the Horse Heaven Hills (Columbia River Basalts, Miocene) behind.
The ridge is part of
Images: Roger Suthren
|Côtes du Roussillon vines
growing in poor
soils on Pleistocene river gravels, France.
Trellised vines around potato fields, mulched with pumice from
Plinian fall deposits. Tenerife, Canary Islands.
on geology and wine
Wines from volcanoes
This is just a small selection of wines and wineries with geological names.
I regularly give a talk on Geology
and Wine in Southern France to student geological societies and amateur
geology and other groups. The most recent talk and tasting was at a joint meeting
of the Warwickshire Geological Conservation group. Here is a list
of the wines we tasted in February 2020.
Bordelais (Bordeaux region)
ANGLADE, P. 1990. Larousse
Wines and Vineyards of France. Ebury Press, London. A comprehensive encyclopaedia
of the grapes, wines and vineyards of France, including some information on
geology and soils.
POMEROL, C. (ed.). 1989.
The Wines and Winelands of France. Geological Journeys. Robertson McCarta, London.
Guided itineraries to the main vineyard areas, linked to the Guides Géologiques
Régionaux 'red guides' published by Masson.
WILSON, J.E. 1998. Terroir. The Role of Geology, Climate and Culture in the Making of French Wines. Well illustrated and interesting account of the influence of geology on winemaking, written by a petroleum geologist. Somewhat marred by frequent geological and geographical errors in the Languedoc chapter.
R.J., FOWLER, M.B. & GUION, P.D. 2006. Terroir, wine and geoscience
fieldwork education in Languedoc-Roussillon, southern France. In Macqueen,
R.W. and Meinert, L.D. (eds.): Fine Wine and Terroir, The Geoscience Perspective.
Geoscience Canada Reprint Series 9, 233-246.
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