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Chalk Hill estate terroir



Borrowed from the French, the definition of terroir goes beyond that of the often—used Anglicized word, "microclimate." In addition to the effects of climate above, it embraces the superficial characteristics of the soil— down through to the depths of the ancient geology below.

At Chalk Hill, each vineyard block has been delineated and planted based on the accumulated knowledge of soil profile and chemistry, aspect (orientation to the sun), slope (vertical degree impacting potential for drainage), and overall climate. Terroir divines our plantings, without regard to what may be fashionable today.