The geological history, the climate and the fauna of this area are very important to understand the uniqueness of the wines that we produce in this territory.
The geological history of this area is very important and interesting to better understand the unique character of the wines produced in this territory.
30 million years ago the southern part of Piedmont was covered by sea. The Alps were about some hundreds of meters high above sea level and the Langhe hills were just cliffs.
Because of the tectonic movements the hills were formed and a very special pattern of soil created. There are in fact in some areas in which there are lower layers of compact rocks generated by compressed layers of clay, and in other zones there are more sandy soils.
Most sub-soils show layers of different types and are often a mixture. Further proof that this area many years ago was covered by the sea is the fact that fossils of plants, skeleton of fishes and shells have been found here.
Finally the sea withdrew from the Pò valley and in the Quaternary Era there were great changes in the flora and fauna. The new landscape formed and the former sea soil, clay mixture and marl, became the present ‘terroir’ of the Langhe wines.
The Langhe climate is characterized by hot summers, cold and wet winters and relatively mild spring and fall.
This type of climate is due primarily to the position of the Langhe: the Alps are close and represent a natural barrier against the cooler air from the north, the Mediterranean Sea is also close, and thus influences the climate as well.
This special position and the hilly nature of the landscape, grant the constant presence of the wind during the summer. This is beneficial to the grapes, as it allows them to cool, in fact, this alternating cold and hot air allows the grapes to develop a better aroma up in the hills granting the production of excellent wines.
Fall and winter instead are characterized by intense morning mist.
The fauna is particularly diverse in this area; we can find interesting breeds of birds and mammals which wander freely in their natural habitat.
In the vineyards you can often get a glimpse of little hares flashing by and of colorful pheasants that take flight.
You can also spot boars, deers and badgers.
During the summer various birds migrate from Africa, like the European Bee-Eater, a colorful tropical bird that looks like a Barn Swallow and that is very peculiar with regard to its way of flying.
Other birds that you can hear singing or see in the summer are the Hoopoe, the Golden Oriole (a bright yellow bird) and the green woodpecker which stays around the whole year.
The Hoopoe, seems like a regal return from the past with its crown and colorful plumage, it has a very characteristic fluttering flight and wanders in our vineyards in search for food.
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