environmental factors that affect a crop's phenotype

Terroir was originally a French term in wine and coffee used to denote the special characteristics that geography bestowed upon them. It can be very loosely translated as "a sense of place".


  • If you want to start an argument in the wine world – and believe me, it’s not hard to do – all you have to do is mention the word terroir.

Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure (2007)Edit

  • It is a French word that has no English equivalent. So it supposedly wouldn't appear in my French English dictionary. But it should and I could do the entry. French Terroir, English Cobblers.
  • It is a word that encapsulates all the effects mother nature has on a wine.

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