Soil Types

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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For types of soil and rock, see individual entries on albariza, alluvium, basalt, calcareous, chalk, clay, colluvium, galet, gneiss, granite, gravel, greywacke, limestone, loam, loess, marl, muschelkalk, quartz, quartzite, rendzina, sand, sandstone, schist, shale, silt, slate, terra rossa, tuff, tuffeau, and volcanic. See also soil and wine quality and geology, however, for evidence of soil’s relatively indirect role in shaping wine and wine quality.