A comparative analysis of regions worldwide with Pinot noir

This study examines the growing season climates of selected wine regions worldwide that have significant areas under Pinot noir. It uses the normalized climatic data for the 1971-2000 period to analyze those climatic factors that are influential on the production of quality wines in cool climate regions and provides a comparison with those of Burgundy. The results show that the regions fall into broad groups based on various combinations of climatic criteria, but principally those that pertain to the daytime maximum temperature, precipitation totals, the diurnal temperature range and the mean temperature during the ripening period.

Author: Tony. B. SHAW

Department of Geography & Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture InstituteBrock University, St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1 Canada

Email: tshaw@brocku.ca

Keywords: Pinot noir, climates, regions

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