From such great heights

The popularity of raised vineyards that found favour with ancient Romans endures to the present day

8th May, 2016
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Gathering grapes in Sancerre in France

One of the most striking features of the world’s vineyards is that while the climate, geology, history and varietal composition can vary considerable from the Loire to Tuscany, and from Spain to New Zealand, one primordial element remains constant: the hillside.

It doesn’t even have to be a vastly high hillside, merely the comparatively loftiest location in any vineyard region. Even in quite smooth or flat landscapes, the raised portion is highly prized...

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