Clos (vineyard)

A clos (French 'enclosure'[1]) is a walled vineyard.[2] Walled vineyards protected the grapes from theft and may improve the mesoclimate. They were often the vineyards of Cistercian monasteries. The word is often used in the name of famous wines even when the wall no longer exists.

By country

France

Switzerland

  • Vaud: Clos des Abbayes, Clos des Moines (Dézaley), Clos du Paradis (Aigle), Clos du Rocher, Clos des Rennauds (Yvorne)
  • Valais: Clos Grand Brûlé, Clos des Montibeux (Leytron), Clos de Balavaud (Vétroz)

Germany

United States

South Africa

  • Stellenbosch: Clos Malverne

México

  • Valle de Guadalupe: Clos de Tres Cantos
Exterior view of Steinberg, Kloster Eberbach walled vineyard

References

  1. Robinson, Jancis (2006). The Oxford Companion to Wine. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-860990-2. Wine Pros Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Ciocco, Tom.: A wine term "Clos", Wine Library Terroir Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. http://www.jurancon-lapeyre.fr/en
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