Terroir and the Mad River Taste Place

Terroir is the set of all environmental factors (i.e. a particular region's climate, soils and terrain) that affect a crop's phenotype or taste; including unique environmental contexts, farming practices and a crop's specific growth habitat.  Terroir has been used to describe the characteristic taste and flavour imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced and to other foods such as coffee and cheese.  It can also be used to describe the characteristic taste of maple.

This summer an exciting new retail venture was launched in the Mad River Valley, showcasing the terroir of our unique region.  Nestled in the heart of Waitsfield, Vermont (one of four local villages in our Valley), the Mad River Taste Place offers a curated retail experience where locals and visitors can taste, learn and provision from the food and beverage makers of the Mad River Valley and and other regions of Vermont.  Tonewood is honoured to be one of the featured, local makers.

Mad River Taste Place

89 Mad River Green

Waitsfield, Vermont




If you want to learn more about the terroir of maple then view the link below which features the maple flavour wheel; a glossary used to describe maple flavours.


If you want to learn more about the mechanics of maple including xylem, sap flow and sugar content read the following very informative article written by bloggers Katherine and Jeanne who are PhD plant ecologists and evolutionary biologists who love to cook.





Dori Ross


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