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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New textbook on viticultural soils
The old standard text was Soils for Fine Wines but this is quite a nice book. Fully up to date on the literal aspects of terroir, the soil beneath the grape vines. Robert White has written extensively on soil science and this book hits on both soil science basics (always in relation to wine grape growing though) and specific vineyard soil issues including climate change,...
Published on January 16, 2010 by Michael A. Duvernois

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative and comprehensive, layout and illustrations could be better
An authoratitive reference on vinyard soils with good examples from around the world. The prodcution format of the book however could be much better, with illustrations on the same page as the reference and better quality photography.
Published 24 months ago by Alan in Boston


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New textbook on viticultural soils, January 16, 2010
This review is from: Understanding Vineyard Soils (Hardcover)
The old standard text was Soils for Fine Wines but this is quite a nice book. Fully up to date on the literal aspects of terroir, the soil beneath the grape vines. Robert White has written extensively on soil science and this book hits on both soil science basics (always in relation to wine grape growing though) and specific vineyard soil issues including climate change, organic viticulture, and sustainability. Modern land management techniques are also discussed, digital soil mapping and remote sensing for example. Good as a text for viticultural studies.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vineyard soils, June 28, 2011
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This book is a rare jewel: very well structured, to the point (206 pages of pure information, no conceptual wandering), thorough (no skimming over subjects). That said, this book is for viticultural soil scientists, budding viticulturists or wine making professionals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative and comprehensive, layout and illustrations could be better, January 4, 2013
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An authoratitive reference on vinyard soils with good examples from around the world. The prodcution format of the book however could be much better, with illustrations on the same page as the reference and better quality photography.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Soils, March 24, 2014
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If you are studying wine this is a good book not for the layman seeking general information. But because I am studying for my WSET Diploma, this book helped me understand the soils grapes like to grow on. Can get a bit technical. Price for this type of book is correct. Shipped and arrived on time. Thanks again Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, August 1, 2013
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This book is informative would be more useful if pictures were in color on some soil displayed. But very technical and may be handy in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good source for understanding soils, March 24, 2013
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Better source if you have insomnia....but having said that....I do think it was a great purchase. It broke down vineyard soils like a Mo-Fo.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre at best, December 7, 2012
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This book was a big disappointment. If you have a basic bachelors in viticulture you will learn nothing new from this text.

I was hoping the author would go into depth on soil types for certain varietals and clones, but he does not. Text doesn't

even extrapolate soil types and textures and how they relate to fruit/wine quality ect. At best this textbook

is a basic review of your standard soils classes, nothing more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading and detailed facts, September 5, 2014
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Great reading and detailed facts, but glaring omission of the oldest viticultural soils on earth, i.e South Africa, not a single mentioned, hence a good 4 star to a rather incomplete expose, also on kindle it is balck and white meaning all the charts and graph are undicernible, worth buying though!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets uncovered, December 3, 2012
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French people praise the word : Terroir.
They say you can't translate it to any other language with the same meaning...
Well, it is partialy true.
Terroir is a kind of 3 balls game with mutual interference:
The GRAPE varietal prefers an specific SOIL for each CLIMATE...
But man, the wine-grower or vigneron (as they call that man) is stuborn...
He keeps trying different combinations to see what happens with the wine produced...
After years of observations we made a rather good models of climates
from HDD (heat degree days) to MJT (mean January temperature).
Now we are modelling the Soil...
The more we learn about what's happening in soil, the more we learn about wine and about life!
Schiffini
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNDERSTANDING VINEYARD SOILS, August 31, 2012
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IT IS AN OUTSTANDING BOOKS, VERY WELL WRITTEN AND USEFUL FOR WHOM ARE INTERESTED IN SOILS AND VINEYARDS, EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPTS AND EXAMPLES.
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