There is a well worn adage that pinot noir is difficult to grow. The truth is that grape vines are effectively weeds – they grow from cuttings stuck in the ground and pinot noir is a grape vine. However growing good quality pinot noir is a completely different story. It requires the right terroir and lots of care. Terroir is the natural environment in which the vines grow. It includes the aspect, climate, micro-climate, soils as well as the flora and fauna in the area and soils. All these factors can have an impact on the vine – positive or negative. The care of the vine and its environment by the vigneron also impacts quality especially the management of the canopy.