Days, Cool Nights, and Moderate Rainfall
is the wine lover's prayer... and the investor's credo.
who grow the grapes, those who buy the grapes, those who
make the wine and most importantly, those who drink the
resulting elixir all want Mother Nature to bestow hot days,
cool nights and moderate rainfall onto the vineyards of
is important to all living things, yet the grape can be
reduced in flavour if it gets too much water, or wither
on the vine from too little. Withering can impart a raison-y
or sweet outcome to the wine and this must be taken into
consideration by the vigneron.
vigneron may choose what grape variety is suitability in
their location based on the land and weather, but also their
preference; their choice
of dry or sweet wine, whether white or red, can reflect
their personality and understanding of growing the best
grape for the job. For example, the tough stemed Reisling
grape loves the cool conditions of the German slopes and
chilly weather, whereas Cabernet Sauvignon love days of
endless sun - hot and dry. And if you loved dry wine, why
would you product sweet?
topography of the vineyard has a part to play: does the
slope face the cool canyon air or does the angle of incline
cause rainwater to run off before being absorbed by the
plants? The art of matching the variety of grape to the
topography of the vineyard - planting for the best orientation
of the grapes to the elements, is called site selection.
August investors, wine critics, bloggers, sommeliers, retailers
and interested parties descend upon Bordeaux, France for the
first sip of the new harvest's juice. From this immature taste,
these individuals will decide which of the region's grapes
promise the best wine for aging, where the real money lies.
Dedicated investor's have been studying how many hot
days and cool nights the region has received, and they know
how much rain the grapes drank. They concentrate on specific
vineyard's product based on the tally of the taste. Since
a perfect growing season is so rare, one must gamble on the
state of the grape and hope that the winemaker can bring out
the best in his crop. They swirl, sip, swish and spit. Then