November Vincabulary


What’s the difference between a mesoclimate and a microclimate?

This is one I have been using wrong for at least ten years.  Answer from

mesoclimate: The climatic conditions experienced by a vineyard site. The aspect of a vineyard (i.e. the way the vineyard faces in relation to the sun) is a major determinant of mesoclimate.

microclimate: The climatic condition experienced in the immediate vicinity of the grape bunch. The microclimate is primarily a function of the amount of shading provided by the grape vine canopy as this affects the temperature, light intensity and humidity experienced by the bunch.

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