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Wines often offer scents and aromas of plants, herbs and flowers such as eucalyptus, rosemary and violets. That these notes actually come from the plants growing in the vicinity of the vineyards is proven by the recently presented study of the Spanish research centre "Institut Català de la Vinya i el Vi" (Incavi) in Vilafranca del Penedès. Conclusion of the scientists: Plants are part of the terroir and should be better understood by winegrowers, as they strengthen the character of origin.

It is scientifically undisputed that characteristics such as topography and climate can have a significant influence on the character of wines. Until now, however, little was known about whether and how the predominant flora in the vineyard influences the aromas of the wines produced. To clarify this question, Incavi researchers have been working on a study since 2019. Their aim was to find and analyse correspondences between the aromas of the plants in the landscape and the wines grown there. For the project, a working group was created with the wineries Vinyes Domènech *** (DO Montsant ), Perelada *** (DO Empordà), LaFou (DO Terra Alta), La Gravera (DO Costers del Segre) and Can Feixes *** (DO Penedès).

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