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What exactly helps wineries provide vineyards of grapes to produce quality wines? Ultimately, it comes down to one important aspect, the soil. The French knew just how important it was that they named the soils that house the beautiful vineyards, Terroir. They then used terroirs to distinguish where a wine was produced and why it has certain qualities. Chalk, Clay, and Limestone have been considered the best soils to produce a quality wine. Champagne is produced from chalky soils as they are very porous and able to hold in added nutrients. Clay soils also very water absorbent and rich in nutrients which make for a great Chardonnay or Merlot. Limestone is the seemingly best kind of soil to produce the best juicy and sweet grapes. Limestone is mostly responsible for Grenache and Syrah production. Climate and terrain are also considered in determining a terroir, but the soil is the most important foundation for quality produced vineyards.