The origins of this organic micro-estate are deeply tied to the land and nature of Abruzzo. Winemaker Simone Binelli’s father, an entomologist, discovered one day while walking through his son’s soon-to-be vineyards a rare, beautiful butterfly—the Euchloe ausonia. With his father’s encouragement, Simone decided to name his winery Ausonia as a potent reminder that his new vine-growing pursuit should always be in harmony with the region’s natural beauty. From the start, organic viticulture has been the rule at Ausonia; native grape varieties Montepulciano, Trebbiano and lesser-known Pecorino have pride of place—the symbiosis of native grape and native terroir being the ultimate goal.
Fast Facts: Hand-harvested. Pressed full cluster; fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Aged in tank. Malolactic conversion allowed. Bottled unfiltered.