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Mountain location

See under Slope.

Designation for vineyards with a certain slope or inclination, which mostly produce better quality wines due to several reasons. The great advantage of sloping sites, especially in viticulture, was recognised early on. In ancient Rome there was the winged word "Bacchus amat colles"(Bacchus loves the hills). In general, vineyards with a slope of 5 to 20% (~12°) are regarded as hillside sites and above that as steep slopes or steep hillsides. In Germany, about 60% of the vineyards are planted on slopes or steep slopes. The steepest sites in the world include Dézaley (Vaud-Switzerland), as well as sites in the Moselle (Germany) and Wachau (Austria) growing regions with...

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