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.

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