Vitrine 4 - The Stuttgart »Bodagfährtle«
Swabians talk of »Bodagfährtle« to describe the hint of earth in the taste of
a wine. Recently the term »terroir« has come into use for expressive wines.
It encompasses the geology and geography, regional characteristics, the
natural growth and maturation processes, grape variety, microclimate, sunlight
and weather, all of which influence the wine.
Scientists point out that the flavors and bouquet of a wine are just as much
a product of such key factors in plant physiology as water supply, mineral and
nitrogen content and weather in that particular year as they are of humaninfluenced factors such as the harvest date, soil management, fertilization and the vintner’s art of wine production.
Soil characteristics can influence the wine particularly in connection with the
respective climatic conditions. For instance, around sun-bathed Stuttgart
fruity Trollingers, elegant Spätburgunders, tangy Rieslings and aromatic Kerners
thrive primarily on weathered Muschelkalk and Keuper soils.