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    DescriptionTerroir connotes a sense of place that imparts a distinctive character to wine. A central component of iterroir is the soil and its immediate surroundings. Thus, an understanding of the basic properties of soils and how they function as a "living skin" on the earth's surface is of fundamental importance to grape growers and winemakers. Stripped of scientific jargon, Understanding Vineyard Soils explains to a wide audience how soils form and why they are so variable. Robert White describes essential chemical and physical processes involving nutrients, water, oxygen and carbon dioxide, moderated by the activities of soil organisms, and proposes remedies to alleviate adverse conditions such as soil acidity, compaction, poor drainage and salinity. The pros and cons of organic viticulture are discussed, as are the possible impacts of climate change. The author explains how sustainable wine production requires grape growers and winemakers to take care of the soil and minimize the impact of their activities on the environment. This book is a practical guide for viticulturists and for the lay reader who is seeking general information about soils, but who may also wish to pursue in more depth the influence of different soil types on vine performance and wine character. Understanding Vineyard Soils will discuss new developments, especially in precision viticulture and organic viticulture. The introduction will address new technologies (near and remote sensing, digital soil mapping) as well as traditional soil classification. Following a chapter on site selection are the three core chapters on vineyard and soil management - The Nutrition of Grapevines, Where the Vine Roots Live, and The Living Soil. The book is written from an international perspective - the important points discussed in Chapters 1 through 6 are illustrated with examples drawn from many wine regions around the world.

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    Understanding Vineyard Soils
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert White
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195311259
    ISBN 10: 0195311256

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.4
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: GAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: TVSW
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    BIC subject category V2: RBGB
    Libri: I-TE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16740
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI013040, SCI073000, TEC003060
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 634.8/8
    LC classification: S597.G68 W45 2009
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    DC22: 634.88
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    Thema V1.0: TVSW, RBGB
    Illustrations note
    88 black and white half tone, 23 line illustrations
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    30 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert White has had an outstanding international career in soil, water and nutrient management for more than 40 years. After working for many years in broad-acre agriculture, he turned his attention to the fascinating interaction between soil and the flavor and aromas of wines world-wide, a topic that happily marries sensory pleasure with science.
    Table of contents
    FOREWARD ; 1. Why Soil is Important in Viticulture ; 2. Site Selection and Soil Preparation ; 3. The Nutrition of Grapevines ; 4. Where the Vine Roots Live ; 5. The Living Soil ; 6. Putting It All Together ; APPENDICES ; REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING ; INDEX