Understanding the drivers of terroir in the Barossa: Final report to Wine Australia

Cassandra Collins, Paul Petrie, Sue Bastian, Keren Bindon, Marcos Bonada, Paul K. Boss, Robert Bramley, Tim Cavagnaro, Lukas Danner, Leigh Francis, Lira Souza Gonzaga, Leigh Schmidtke

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Despite being instrumental in selling a wine’s story and commanding a price premium; terroir remains an enigmatic concept. This project aimed to scientifically investigate Barossa Shiraz terroir at regional, sub-regional and management scales using climatic, soil, vine, chemistry and sensory data. Binary models generally achieved good separation between Barossa Valley and Eden Valley within the Barossa Zone. Global models showed that samples from Northern Ground, Western Ridge and Eden Valley were relatively easy to classify compared to other sub-regions. This study improved our understanding of wine provenance, and established novel approaches that can be applied to other wine growing regions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA
PublisherThe University of Adelaide
Commissioning bodyAustralian Grape and Wine Authority trading as Wine Australia
Number of pages279
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022

Grant Number

  • 102066


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