Terroir stakes claim to a precise places environment. A wines unique characteristics evolve from that place, acquiring infinite personality that can only come from that site. The many terroir’s in Virginia are derived from the regions historic waterways, fluctuating climates, vast terrains and diverse soils.
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Our Climate In Virginia
The climate in Virginia is very diverse. The state has five different climate regions: the Tidewater, Piedmont, Northern Virginia, Western Mountain, and Southwestern Mountain regions. Virginias climate results from global-scale weather patterns that are changed by the diverse landscape.
The principal soil types featured in Virginia are granite-based soil in the west and sandy loam in the east. The state is home for various climates that are essential to the short growing season. While drainage is the main quality aspect for Virginia soils, there are many facets to producing great wine in nine different regions – elevations and aeration are also important for wines characteristics.
The Terroir and Merroir of the Land
Merroir & Terroir showcases the Shore’s unique landscape that allows wine and oysters to be cultivated a stones throw away from one another. Merging the concept of terroir, notion that the land influences the taste of wine, with the flavors imparted by the sea, Merroir.
In Virginia, the land and sea create a marriage between the bounty derived from both. The unique relationship of oysters cultivated near wine grapes – for many – provide a no-brainer pairing. Much in the same way that the flavor characteristics in Virginia wine is a derivative of the soils of its grapes region; the same stands true for Virginia oysters. Throughout the region wineries, restaurants, oyster farms and more are offering opportunities to experience the perfect pairing in unique ways. Explore More