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IVES 9 IVES Conference Series 9 Methodological approach to zoning

Methodological approach to zoning


An appellation or geographic indication should be based on the terroir concept in order to ensure its integrity. The delimitation of viticultural terroirs must include two consecutive or parallel steps, namely (a) the characterisation of the environment and identification of homogenous environmental units (basic terroir units, natural terroir units) taking all natural factors into account, as well as (b) the characterisation of the viticultural and oenological potential of these units over time.
Une appellation ou indication géographique doit être basée sur le concept du terroir pour assurer son intégrité. La délimitation des terroirs viticoles doit inclure deux étapes consécutives ou parallèles, en l’occurrence (a) la caractérisation de l’environnement et l’identification d’unités environnementales homogènes (unités terroir de base, unités terroir naturels) prenant en compte tout facteurs naturels, ainsi que (b) la caractérisation du potentiel vitivinicole de ces unités à travers le temps.


Publication date: January 12, 2022

Issue: Terroir 2004

Type: Article


V.A. Carey (1), V. Bonnardot (2)

(1) Department of Viticulture and Oenology, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, 7602
Matieland, South Africa

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Zoning, terroir, climate, regional atmospheric modelling


IVES Conference Series | Terroir 2004


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