The Vine, the Varietals, and the Soil
A simple escapade in a renowned winemaking region and one is immediately overtaken by rows of vines as far as the eye can see. Herein lies the fundamental element required for creating this magical beverage, one that has excited our imaginations for centuries.
The Kosher vinification process requires the establishment of onsite teams at each location, every member of which possessing expert knowledge both of the practical winemaking aspect and of the religious responsibilities at hand.
Each vine is characterized by its variety. Among the existing set, only thirty are internationally recognized: merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and chardonnay being the most notorious representatives. The variety is the first factor affecting wine’s taste by the distinct flavor it gives.
However, the complexity extends past the plant itself. If two identical vines were to be grown in different climates and in different soils, the difference would be expressed as nuances to their respective aromas. Such is the influence of the soil. Thus, a cabernet sauvignon in a cooler climate will have a peppery vegetal aroma, whereas a warmer climate will bring out hints of berry preserves.
Ultimately, all grape varieties require certain climactic conditions to attain perfection. The creation of the most classic wines is a product of finding the symbiosis between climate, varietal, and soil. Understanding wine varieties and their regions is above all a question of humility…