Vineyards

For many years the California wine industry considered climate the most important factor in grape growing, with site and soil considerations virtually ignored. Today, vintners and growers lean more toward the European approach of letting the individual site drive the winemaking process. The French term which describes this concept is terroir – meaning not just the soil, but also the rainfall, drainage, exposure and climate specific to a give site. Today the goûte de terroir or “taste of the soil” is what the wines from Joseph Phelps Vineyards are all about.