Imagine if Canmore had a couple of extra months of summer (which will likely be a reality at some point), it’s about all we would need to plant some vineyards on the south-facing slopes. There are lots of places in the world where mountain viticulture thrives, such as the high Andes in Argentina, perhaps the best example, as there are vineyards planted at over 3,000 metres above sea level. We know that vines planted in various climates and soils have unique character traits and, as such, there is a signature to grapes grown in mountainous regions, and the best examples are intriguing. Spend a day hiking or biking in the Rockies and you feel invigorated; the crisp, clean mountain air is invigorating, despite the fatigue from all that exertion. Grapes seem to express those same attributes; the cold night air preserves acidity while the soils, typically granitic, contribute a mineral backbone. But it’s more than that. It’s hard to describe but there’s almost a tactile energy to mountain-grown wines, in part due to the bracing natural acidity, but the fruit is less sweet yet typically free from the green notes that are indicative of underripe grapes. Read More
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Source:: Calgaryherald.com

      

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