terroir

terroir

[ter-wahr; French ter-war]
noun
1.
the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma: the high quality of the region’s terroir.
2.
Also called goût de terroir [goo duh ter-wahr, gooduh ter-war] . the unique flavor and aroma of a wine that is attributed to the growing environment of the grapes.
3.
the conditions in which a food is grown or produced and that give the food its unique characteristics: grass-fed beef with an Idaho terroir.

Origin:
< French: literally, ‘soil, land’

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terroir (tɛrwar)
 
n
winemaking the combination of factors, including soil, climate, and environment, that gives a wine its distinctive character
 
[literally: soil]

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