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Terraced Vineyards in Europe: The Historical Persistence of Highly Specialised Regions

  • Luca Bonardi
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Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 9)

Abstract

This contribution analyses the spread, origin and evolution of the most important European terraced viticulture complexes. Found in Mediterranean, Atlantic and continental areas, the terraces dedicated to viticulture owe their localisation to recurring geographical–environmental and historical movements in the different regions. Proximity to market outlets and to waterways were the key elements in their origins and distribution. The reasons behind the construction of the great viticulture terraced areas then guided the evolution of their twentieth-century history. In terms of the elements involved, the most influential inherited factors appear to be strong land fragmentation and the early entry into favourable commercial circuits.

Keywords

Terraced vineyards Historical rural landscapes Waterways History of viticulture Terraces landscapes Wine landscapes European wine regions Geography of wine Rural geography Environmental history Historical–economic development Alps Europe Mediterranean area 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy “Piero Martinetti”University of MilanMilanItaly

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