The Terroir of a Grower

May 12, 2014 § Leave a comment


As many of you know, the philosophy of terroir in wine is one of the most important details that we, as winemakers, try to achieve. It is basically the premise that a particular wine or fruit would have a taste that is directly correlated to sense of place. I am a firm believer that this is why wine is so special and it is the main thing as a winemaker that I hold sacred. I have often thought about the farmer’s role and how that plays into sense of place or terroir.

We would be naive to think that a grower’s decisions in his or her vineyard would not have an impact on the nuances of the wines personality or character. For instance, when the vineyard is first planted it is up to the farmer to choose a root stock, trellis system, pruning technique, vine spacing, row orientation, etc.  Furthermore the farmer’s decision on when to prune, what winter crop to grow, canopy management, tilling, spray regiment, overall cultural practices, and what they may do to impact the grapes ability to reveal its sense of place.

My overall conclusion is that for Kokomo we only deal with what I refer to as true farmers and not vineyard management companies. I prefer to not have the vineyards we work with to be farmed towards a protocol and more of a farmer’s intuition on what they feel is best on their particular piece of land.

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