Two thousand years of cultivation are ample proof that on the Ausone estate, nature concentrates its gifts in favour of wine. Here, the mildness of the weather has always beckoned wine growers.
III. The fortunate hill
The terroir’s favours
However, the wonderful alchemy of this place also takes place out of sight in the soil with its secrets.
A proportion of the vines grows on a plateau made up of asteriated limestone, where their roots seek out a modicum of energy in the rock. On the hill, the vines anchor themselves in limestone with clay soil, where the clay provides welcome moisture when drought conditions prevail. The two growth environments are as hospitable as the other. Ausone’s slopes accommodate the parcels and ripen the grapes with optimal balance.
However, this is nothing to brag about, because the lesson is clear: what nature offers here is good fortune, not entitlement.