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Wine: old traditions in the new world

Old ways in new regions—it may be the future.

By Barry Smith   February 2015

Talented winemakers often see their task as striking the right balance between tradition and innovation. They adopt new methods in the vineyard and cellar that can lead to an improvement in quality, but only insofar as they help to bring about the perfect expression of what the grapes grown in their soils have produced season after season. Burgundy provides a good example of this. Innovative growers will experiment, but are keen to preserve the legacy of Cistercian monks who cultivated vines on the very same slopes.

But it’s not just in the old world that the struggle between tradition and…

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