University of Oregon

Gregory Jones: "Unraveling the Mystique of Terroir in Wine Production"

GIS Day Lecture
Who Should Come: 
This event is open to the public.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Knight Library Browsing Room

Mark your calendar for November 16 for this year’s GIS Day Talk. Gregory Jones will present on "Unraveling the Mystique of Terroir: Using GIS to assess landscape suitability for viticulture and wine production" in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Refreshments begin at 3:30 and the talk is from 4:00 - 5:00 with continued discussion until 5:30.

Gregory V. Jones is a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University. He conducts applied research for the grape and wine industry in Oregon and has given hundreds of international, national, and regional presentations on climate and wine-related research. On November 16 he will be discussing the term “terroir,” a French notion that encompasses the climate, landscape, soil, and people that contribute to the growing of great grapes and the making of fine wine. While many of the effects of terroir on wine production are reasonably well known, other aspects and their interrelationships are more mystical. This talk will provide some insight into what we know about terroir and its role on wine typicity and style, provide examples of different terroirs around the world, and examine the GIS methods used to assess terroir at different scales.

The GIS Day Talk is Sponsored by the Geography Department, the Libraries, the Social Science Instructional Labs, Department of Geological Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture, Information Services, and the School of Journalism and Communication.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are systems designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographically referenced data.  It is the merging of cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology. GIS Day is part of National Geography Awareness Week November 13–19, 2011.