Word Of The Week – Terroir

terroir imageA few years back when I was researching wines I came across the word, “Terroir”, and ever since I have loved how it just rolls off the tongue, though I admittedly have few opportunities to use the word in writing or conversation.

Here’s the definition from Dictionary.com:



[ter-wahr; French ter-war]


  1. the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma: the high quality of the region’s terroir.
  2. also called goût de terroir [goo duh terwahr, gooduh ter-war]. the unique flavor   and aroma of a wine that is attributed to the growing environment of the grapes.
  3. the conditions in which a food is grown or produced and that give the food its unique characteristics: grass-fed beef with an Idaho terroir.

Origin of terroir

< French: literally, ‘soil, land’>


Let me know in the comments if you’re able to use the word “Terroir” this week and how.

About The Word Of Jeff

I'm a freelance writer and blogger who has written for, among others, Tribune Media Services, Suite101 and Athena Guides. As an intrepid traveler I have chronicled some of my travels at The Verbal Vagabond, my travel blog. And, being an avid amateur photographer, I also have a photography blog spotlighting photos I have taken of areas around my hometown at Postcards From Maggie Valley. Speaking of Maggie Valley, that is where my wife, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Bella, our Orange Tabby, Tigger and I live in a log cabin on a mountain in Western North Carolina, just at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy hiking, camping, art, travel, photography (as mentioned above), and an occasional glass of good wine while reading or writing in front of the fireplace.
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