The art of blending
Terroir is not just about the natural location or environmental context of a specific place, but includes elements controlled by man, combining natural potential with viticultural practice and winemaking techniques. This includes decisions about which grape varieties to plant where, a fundamental factor in giving the finished wine its main flavour characteristics. By combining different varietals, winemakers create a palette of flavours, which they can use to influence a wine’s profile. Should it be fruity, spicy and structured? Does it need more acidity? Or maybe a touch of bitterness? Blending requires immense skill, based on experience of earlier wines and a knowledge of each region’s unique winemaking traditions. It’s like being a chef who only has one opportunity a year to create a superb new recipe! History plays a pivotal role here, both in mastering the art of blending and in choosing which varietals will thrive in particular areas.