Vineyard relies on soil and family
to make uniquely Nebraska wines
By Matt Low
Photography by Stephanie Nahas
For those who are passionate about wine, few words carry more significance than terroir. At its most basic meaning, terroir (pronounced “ter-war”) is the French word for soil. In winemaking, it is the go-to term for describing a vast number of complex factors influencing the ability to grow specific types of grapes in precise locations.
As Brian J. Sommers puts it, terroir “is used to describe all the local features of environment and society that have an effect on wine.” Sommers’ text The Geography of Wine (2008) is a book-length study of the importance of various local features—microclimate, biogeography, urbanization and so on—that influence winemaking and grape-growing. Terroir stands out as the most important concept to understand regarding how the glass of wine you’re drinking came to be.
As more and more consumers use location as a criterion for the foods and beverages they purchase, one could argue that wine has the most to offer those fully invested in the local food movement. Buying a head of lettuce or side of beef from a farmer or rancher in a neighboring town or … Read More