Mean January Temperature and Continentality of Wine Regions
Which of the following is likely to have both the lowest Mean January Temperature and the highest
a. Margaret River (WA)
b. Great Western (Vic)
c. Coonawarra (SA)
d. Burgundy (France)Darby Says
Some authors claim these stats are important for wine variety selection and for wine quality. Gladstones
is a sceptic, he holds that the most important stat is the mean temperature in the month before harvest.
The figures Gladstones quotes are
a. Margaret River (WA) Mean Janury Temp 20.0 ; Continentality 8.9
b. Great Western (Vic) 18.7 11.7
c. Coonawarra (SA) 19.3, 10.1
d. Burgundy (France (July) 19.6, 18.1
On the face of it Burgundy has the most "continental climate" and the second highest midsummer temperature.
###when I first answered this question I misread it and answered for Bordeaux, rather than Burgundy. So I've done a minor edit.
I don't regard continentality as the most important statistic, but for those who do you should look at inland regions such as the Granite Belt
in Queenland; Mudgee
and The Riverina
in NSW and the King
and Alpine Valleys
in Victoria.Are these figures really important for wine quality? Or are there other more important factors
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