By Kori ~ July 5th, 2011.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is microclimate.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Microclimate is a widely misused term meaning strictly the climate within a defined and usually very restricted space or position. In viticulture, it might be at specified positions between rows of vines, or distances above the ground.
Common use of the term microclimate to describe the climate of a vineyard site, hillside, or valley is clearly wrong. ….
Canopy microclimate is that within and immediately surrounding the vine canopy, or green parts of the vine. ….
Microclimate is potentially influenced by management practices, such as vine trellising, vine training, and trimming; vine vigor and the factors affecting it; and soil management and mulching. ….
Layman’s terms from Kori:
Microclimate, as it pertains to the grapevine, is the environment within and directly surrounding the vine canopy.
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