For Cannabis and Wine, it’s All About Terroir

January 23rd, 2019

If you’ve spent any time learning about wine, you’ve probably heard more than one person throw the word “terroir” around as though its meaning is completely obvious. But even if you can confidently tell the difference between Pinot Noir and Merlot, you might still be a little shaky on the definition of terroir.

The thing is, terroir is important for more than just your glass of wine. It can affect the hops in your beer and even the cannabis used to make your CBD oil.

What is Terroir?

Terroir is a French word that means earth or soil. This word often refers to the soil in different growing regions for plants like grapes or cannabis, but terroir extends beyond climate, terrain, and in the case of wine, tradition.

  • Soil: Different types of soil, as well as different rock and mineral deposits shape the taste of the plants grown in it.
  • Climate: A warm or cool climate affect the sugar levels and acidity of a plant.
  • Terrain: Think elevation and geological features like mountains and valleys as well as being near large bodies of water and other flora.
  • Tradition: For wine, tradition refers to the techniques used at the vineyard.

There is also evidence that shows that bacteria and microbes in each region are very important to terroir.

Cannabis plant

photo by Esteban Lopez

What else should I know?

There is a lot more to wine and cannabis than just terroir. That’s why we’re inviting Jeff & Genna Nielsen to talk about CBD oils on February 4th at 7:30 p.m., as a part of our new speaker series. Stop by and learn more about how CBD works, what to look for in an oil, and recent government changes – all while sipping on your favorite wine.