Wine Word of the Week: Mesoclimate

By Kori ~ July 12th, 2011.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is mesoclimate.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Mesoclimate, a term of climatic scale, is intermediate between regional climate or macroclimate, and the very small scale microclimate. It encompasses the more specific terms topoclimate and site climate, and has largely been replaced both in specialist usage (although the word microclimate is widely and incorrectly used by non-specialists for mesoclimate). The usual scale of a mesoclimate is in tens or hundreds of meters, so one speaks correctly of the mesoclimate of a particular vineyard or potential vineyard site. ….

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Mesoclimate, as it pertains to viticulture, refers to the environment of a particular vineyard including its aspect, elevation, slope, and so forth.

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