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The Value of Terroir: Hedonic Estimation of Vineyard Sale Prices

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  • Cross, Robin
  • Plantinga, Andrew J.
  • Stavins, Robert N.

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We examine the value of terroir, which refers to the special characteristics of a place that impart unique qualities to the wine produced. We do this by conducting a hedonic analysis of vineyard sales in the Willamette Valley of Oregon to ascertain whether site attributes, such as slope, aspect, elevation, and soil types, or designated appellations are more important determinants of price. We find that prices are strongly determined by sub-AVA appellation designations, but not by specific site attributes. These results indicate that the concept of terroir matters economically, although the reality of terroir –- as proxied for by locational attributes –- is not significant.

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Paper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-11-06.

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  1. Victor Ginsburgh & Olivier Gergaud, 2008. "Endowments, production technologies and the quality of wines in Bordeaux: does terroir matter?," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/13398, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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  1. Dachary-Bernard, Jeanne & Rambonilaza, Tina & Lemarié-Boutry, Marie, 2014. "The response of land markets to flood protection and flood experience: a hedonic price modeling on the Gironde estuary (France)," 88th Annual Conference, April 9-11, 2014, AgroParisTech, Paris, France 169761, Agricultural Economics Society.
  2. Anderson, Kym, 2013. "Is Georgia the next 'new' wine-exporting country?," Working Papers 162523, Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics.

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