‘Southern Tasting’ – Geology of Wine

Southern Testing was pleased to sponsor a meeting of the Geological Society’s South East Regional Group on Wednesday evening. An entertaining and informative talk on the geology of wine was given by Dr Jenny Huggett, discussing the facts and the myths of geoviticulture, by way of a tour of Europe, and a brief foray into Australia. The audience was treated to a tasting of some excellent examples during the presentation.

While the term ‘terroir’ is often less scientific than might be expected, there are geological factors that do influence the quality of wine including slope, solar reflectance/absorption, soil quality, along with hydrogeological characteristics such porosity, permeability, drainage and seasonal variation in groundwater levels.

The presentation provided an excellent reminder of the importance of geology, soils, groundwater and climate change not only to viticulture but to all kinds of agriculture.


Southern Testing is proud to be an active contributor to the Geological Society South east Regional Group. More information on SERG can be found on their webpage https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/serg


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