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Terra rossa soil over limestone produces high quality fruit in Coonawarra

Terra rossa soil over limestone produces high quality fruit in Coonawarra [©Limestone Coast Tourism]

The French do not speak of soil, but of terroir, one of those wonderful words which encapsulates many different things. It expresses the coming together of climate, soil and landscape, thereby incorporating the influences of temperature, rainfall, sunlight; of soil depth, structure, pH, minerals and water retention capacity; of slope, aspect and drainage.

The vineyards of Australasia are, however, established on a wide range of soil types...

 

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