Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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topography, a term describing the land surface features of any area, which can have considerable implications for local climate (see mesoclimate) and therefore for viticulture. The classic reference work by Geiger gives the most comprehensive general account of topographic effects on local climate. Topographic elements having the most influence on the climate are local elevation; slope; the relative isolation of hills; aspect; and proximity to water masses such as oceans, lakes, and rivers.

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