And what of this “terrior,” these commonalities, that bind this region together? The French wine magazine Gilbert & Gaillard in a recent article famously inverted a map of the Gironde River leading to Bordeaux matching it almost identically with a map of the Delaware Bay and River leading to Philadelphia. On the map, South Jersey was comparable to Bordeaux’s Left Bank, Delaware and the Chesapeake setting up as the Right Bank and the Brandywine as America’s answer to Entre-Deux-Mers. They went on to observe that the soil in both regions are the same and that both enjoy the same Atlantic climates mellowed by the influences of the rivers that flow through them. The soil is gravel and loam with layers of clay and sand allowing for good drainage and the vine roots to reach lower layers of soil without restriction. There are an average of 190 to 210 freeze-free days per year allowing a growing season long enough to ripen the great wine grape varieties of the world.