At its simplest, terroir translates from the French as soil. But to winemakers terroir is much more than that - it is an alchemy of the elements.
The soil at our vineyards is one important part of the environment. Mostly a stony mix of limestone and clay, it suits vines perfectly. The sun shines hot and provides a ripening heat without interruption from May until the September-October harvest while the afternoon wind spreads the warmth to give an evenness to the maturing process while the reflection of sunlight from the mountain enhances the photosynthesis. This is dry land without much rainfall but the vines receive a natural water supply from the melting snows that trickle down from the mountains. And there’s a bonus. The dry weather, especially during the early growth period, is a barrier to disease and hostile insects.